Chance to tell your story of fos­ter life

Ormskirk Advertiser - - News -

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.

Fos­ter chil­dren of all ages are in­vited to en­ter

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