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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.

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