With Foster Care Fortnight fromJune 1-14 on the horizon, people are being asked to consider fostering children who can’t live at home.
Described as ‘the best job in the world’ by existing carers, foster carers have a child or children living with them, who they support through difficult periods in their life when they are unable to be cared for by their own family.
While it’s not a paid post, foster carers receive training, allowances and 24/7 support to help them in their role.
Carers are still needed as around 1,600 children and young people are in the local authority’s care in Lancashire at any one time.
County Councillor Matthew Tomlinson, cabinet member for children, young people and schools, said: “We are asking people to make happy memories for our children this summer and beyond by being one of our foster carers. We are looking for families who can offer a home to a child for as long as they need it. Our foster carers have told me that it’s the best job in the world, and when I hear their stories, I can see why they love what they do.” Anyone interested in finding out more should contact the county council’s team on 0800 195 1183 or visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/fostering.