Foster Care Fortnight – 9 to 22 May

Foster Care Fortnight, which runs from 9 to 22 May, aims to raise the profile of fostering and show how foster care transforms lives.

Fostering is providing a safe and secure home for vulnerable babies, children and young people who are unable to be at home with their own families. Sometimes this is for a few nights and sometimes for a few years.

Every 20 minutes in the UK a child comes into care, often from very challenging circumstances where they might have experienced abuse or been neglected. Or there might have been family illness, a breakdown in relationships, or a young person may have arrived unaccompanied from abroad.

More people are needed who are willing to open their homes and hearts to welcome vulnerable children and provide them with care, stability and consistency.

Camden Council has recently extended its fostering recommendation scheme, which is open to all its employees, to staff in NHS partner organisations. A £900 incentive will be paid, if the person you recommend goes on to be approved as a foster carer. This is a tax-free, one-off payment made directly to the person who has made the recommendation, once the foster carer they put forward has been approved.

Recommendations can be anyone, including family and friends and current foster carers who would like to transfer to Camden. Please email any recommendations to lauren.crawley@camden.gov.uk