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Foster Care Fortnight: York highlights ‘life changing’ impact of its foster carers

Published Thursday, 12 May 2022

As part of the national Foster Care Fortnight celebrations, we're highlighting the ‘life changing’ impact that foster carers have on the children and young people for whom they provide loving homes.

The authority works with over 120 foster carers, individuals and couples, to support children and young people who aren’t able to live with their birth families. Many have faced significant challenges in their young lives.

With 180 children and young people in York living with foster carers at any time, the authority is always looking for new foster carers to join its team.

Having foster carers available in York enables local children and young people to be cared for in their own communities, without having to move school or leave the support of friendship groups or family networks.

Jamaila Hussain, from the council’s People Directorate, explained:

Our foster carers think of themselves as ordinary people doing an extraordinary role, but we know that they are all exceptional. By offering a child or children a warm, loving home environment, they really are able to change the young people’s lives forever.

Councillor Ian Cuthbertson, the council’s executive member for Children, Young People and Education, explained that foster carers come from all walks of life:

The children and young people in our care have all experienced significant difficulties in their young lives. Having foster carers with different life experiences and skills means that we can match our carers to the children and young people who need them.

“Many people consider fostering when their own children have left home and they have a bit more time and space, while others foster children and young people alongside their own children. Some have previous experience of working with children, young people or vulnerable adults, and others know people who have been in care or who have been foster carers and just want to help transform a life. What they all have in common is a desire to help nurture and support local children and young people.”

City of York Foster Carer, Lesley, says that Fostering changed her life and the lives of her children.

She explained: We have a huge extended family which brings with it lots of fun, laughter, and a few challenges along the way. We are so glad that we were able to make a difference to the children and young people we have cared for. If you’re thinking about it, make sure you chat to someone. Start that journey.”

To find out more about how you can help local children by fostering, call 01904 555678.