Could you give a child a brighter future?

Newry Cathedral News

HSC NI Foster Care need more foster carers – can you help?

HSC NI Foster Care are looking for generous people to open their hearts and homes to provide safe and nurturing foster homes for children and young people who are unable to live with their birth families.
Every child and young person deserves to live in a stable and loving home, where they feel valued, respected and cared for and where they can develop and thrive.

Children require foster care for lots of reasons and can be aged from birth to 16+. Some may be part of sibling groups, or they have disabilities or complex needs, or are young refugees who arrive in Northern Ireland without a guardian to care for them.

With 3,155 children and young people currently living in foster care across Northern Ireland, of which 45% are Catholic, there is a real need for more foster carers to meet the growing demand of children coming into care, and to ensure children can be matched with foster carers who best meet their individual needs.

Foster carers are ordinary people who do an extraordinary thing by supporting children and young people at a time when they need it most. These young people need positive role models in their lives to care for them, guide them and encourage them to reach their full potential.

Children and young people may need foster care for a few days or weeks, a few months or for the rest of their childhood so there are different ways you can help depending on your lifestyle and family circumstances.

A shortage of foster carers means that children may have to move from home to home, or even from their local areas; split from their siblings, away from their family, friends and school, and be unable to take part in hobbies and interests they enjoy.

You can foster whether you are married, a couple or are single, you own or rent your home, you work or are unemployed or whether you are a parent or not.

HSC NI Foster Care welcomes enquiries from people from all walks of life regardless of race, religion, language, culture, gender, disability, age or sexual orientation.

HSC NI foster carers receive a wide range of training, 24/7 support, ongoing development opportunities and financial allowances.

Could you give a child a brighter future? Could you foster?

Call HSC NI Foster Care on 0800 0720 137 or visit www.adoptionandfostercare.hscni.net to see how you can get involved.