Foster Care Fortnight 10 to 24 May

Make new memories – be a foster carer

Calderdale needs more foster carers, to provide loving family homes for local children and young people and to make new memories that will last a lifetime.

Since autumn 2020, Calderdale Council has seen a significant reduction in the number of people asking about becoming a foster carer.

This Foster Care Fortnight (10 to 23 May), the Council has launched a campaign calling for more people to come forward to offer the support and stability that could transform a fostered child’s life.

The theme of the campaign is ‘Making new memories’. From a family trip to the beach to a child’s first school photo, sharing experiences with a foster child or teenager can help them to flourish and is incredibly rewarding for the foster carer.

The Council is looking for foster carers from a diverse range of backgrounds and has friendly and experienced staff to support them every step of the way. It offers an extensive online training programme, foster carer support groups, one-to-one social worker support and professional development opportunities.

Foster carers receive generous allowances to recognise their skills and to cover their expenses, making fostering an option for anyone looking for a new start.

To find out more about the benefits of fostering in Calderdale and to register your interest, please visit www.calderdale.gov.uk/fostering or call 01422 266020 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).

If you want to know what it’s like being a foster carer, you can read the personal account of local residents Joanne and Craig Dye here.