F OSTER carers can make a huge difference to a child’s life at a time when they need it most, and anyone who is interested in fostering is invited to find out more at a special event coming up at the Forum Centre, Wythenshawe.
The drop-in event on Saturday 25 April, from 12pm to 5pm, is a chance to find out more about this important but sometimes misunderstood subject.
It is the second of two events, with the first having taken place last Thursday.
Manchester city council’s fostering team will be on hand along with existing, experienced foster carers who will be more than happy to talk through the different types of fostering, what the process involves and the benefits of fostering, as well as answering any other questions would-be foster carers might have.
Sue, from south Manchester, has been a foster carer for nearly 20 years.
During this time she has successfully fostered nearly 30 children and young people, and it is a job she has really grown to love.
She said: “Fostering is the most rewarding job I have ever had. It is not the easiest job in the world and can be a bit challenging at times, but there is always support there to help you through the hard bits, and there is nothing quite like seeing the difference you make every day to the children and young people you look after.
“I wouldn’t have been doing it for 20 years if this didn’t make it all worth while.”
Anyone who loves children and has the time and energy to devote to a child is encouraged to come along and see how they could help change a child’s life for the better.
Coun Sheila Newman, Executive Member for Children’s Services at Manchester city council, said: “Foster carers make an enormous difference to the lives of vulnerable children and young people, and anyone who thinks they can make a difference to a child or young person should get in touch with us to find out more.”
For anyone who can’t get along to the forthcoming event, more information – including foster carers’ real life stories, is also available at www. fosterformanchester. com or from the council’s dedicated fostering line on 0800 988 8931.