Fostering: time to care in Hackney

This year to mark national Foster Care Fortnight (16-29 May), Hackney Council’s Fostering Service will be hosting two special events on Thursday 26 May as part of its ongoing campaign to recruit new foster carers.

Anyone who has been thinking about fostering and wants to take the next step is invited to come along between 11am and 2pm to the information stall outside Hackney Central Library, Reading Lane E8. This will be followed by a fun, informal special information and registration evening, from 5pm to 7pm, at Hackney Town Hall, Mare Street E8.

Councillor Rita Krishna, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “Foster carers play a vital part in the lives of children who come into local authority care, and the Council needs a whole range of new foster carers to take up this challenging and rewarding role. If people feel they have space in their home and life, enthusiasm, warmth and commitment to care for a child or young person, I urge them come forward and find out more.”

We would like to encourage foster carers from all backgrounds to come forward. We particularly welcome more men and more white people wishing to become carers, also more people who would like to care for teenagers.

Teacher David* became a foster carer with Hackney because he wanted to help change children’s lives for the better. Being a single man fostering, he knew he’d be in a minority but felt he had something to offer as a positive male role model, which many of the children who come into care may not have experienced.

To others thinking about fostering, he says: “Do it! There are so many children out there who are in desperate need of a loving, stable home life. Often all these children need is love, attention and consistency. It is exhausting but it is the most rewarding experience you can ever have and the joy you bring to that child will make it all worthwhile.”

Those wishing to find out more about fostering in Hackney are welcome to attend the information events in central Hackney on Thursday 26 May.

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*Name of the foster carer has been changed.