Chance to tell your story of foster life
LANCASHIRE County Council is inviting children and young people in foster care, and fostering families, to tell their story and encourage a new generation of adults to sign up as foster carers.
The Inspiring Stories competition is part of the council’s support of the regional You Can Foster campaign to recruit new foster carers and “Do Something Incredible”.
The creative writing competition has five categories:
Fostered children aged up to eight years.
Fostered children aged nine to 12. Fostered teenagers aged 13 to 17. Fostered young adults aged 18 to 25.
Birth children in fostering households aged up to 18.
The stories can be a personal account of being in foster care and can be fiction or non-fiction.
Drawings can be submitted so that all ages are able to enter.
They will be judged by a panel of children’s authors and poets including Manchester poet Tony Walsh and children’s authors Cathy Cassidy, Livi Michael and Dan Worsley.
County Cllr Susie Charles, cabinet member for children, young people and schools, said: “During September we’ve joined forces with other local authorities in the North West and Yorkshire to launch a recruitment campaign.
“With around 20 Lancashire children coming into care each week and needing urgent foster care placements, the county council is keen to lend its support to the campaign and attract local people and families to step forward and find out more.
“This competition is a way of reaching out to people through the amazing stories of the inspirational children and young people who are in foster care, and fostering families.
“We have a real need to recruit more foster carers, and hope that sharing these stories will give people an insight, through the eyes of the children, into the role and inspire people to get in touch.”
Children and young people who want to take part can visit www. youcanfoster.org/competition to find out more and submit stories.
Entries should be no more than 800 words.
The deadline for entries is 5pm on Friday, November 17.