Published Wednesday, 8th May 2019

City of York Council is urging local residents to help change a child’s life in 2019 by fostering.

With around 150 children and young people being supported by foster carers in York at any time, the authority is always looking for new foster carers to join the team.

Fostering involves looking after children in a safe and secure environment when they can't live with their own families.

And as James Lee, from the council’s Fostering Team, explains, they’re not looking for just one type of carer:

“The children and young people who need our care are from a wide range of backgrounds and have very differing needs, so we need foster carers with different experiences and skills to help them. Many people consider fostering when their own children have left home and they have a bit more time and space, while others foster young people alongside their own children. If you have experience of living or working with children and young people, either in a work setting or at home, and think you might be able to help then please do get in touch.”

Councillor Keith Myers, the council’s executive member for education, children and young people, said:

“Foster carers do an incredible job to support, care for and nurture some of our most vulnerable young people. Many of the young people who come into our care have faced significant challenges in their young lives, and foster carers really can help them to change their lives around.”

Cllr Andrew Waller, Deputy Leader of City of York Council, said:

“Foster carers are an invaluable part of the council’s team, supporting some of our most vulnerable children and young people. I’d urge anyone who thinks that they may have the time and the room in their home to foster to get in touch.”

To find out more about how you can help local children by fostering call 01904 555678 or visit www.york.gov.uk/fostering

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