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500 vulnerable kids looking for loving home in Bucks

500 vulnerable kids looking for loving home in Bucks

Published by Charlotte Fisher at 5:46am 15th May 2019.

Foster carers change children's lives and their futures in Buckinghamshire, but more are still needed.

There are 500 vulnerable children in the care of the County Council who still need a loving home.

Foster Care Fortnight (13 - 24 May 2019) is a national campaign run by the Fostering Network, which aims to:

  • celebrate the great work foster carers do to change our foster children's futures
  • bust myths on who can foster
  • help raise awareness of the ongoing need for new foster carers.
500 vulnerable kids need loving home in Bucks
During the two weeks there will be events encouraging people to foster care

This Foster Care Fortnight we're sharing how our carers and staff have changed a child's future; you can watch some of their moving stories here.

Cabinet Member for Children's Services, Warren Whyte explains:

"Right now, we have over 500 vulnerable children in the care of Buckinghamshire County Council many of whom need a foster home.

"Unfortunately there are still so many myths out there that are preventing people who might be single, from a particular religious background or the LGBT+ community, from contacting us.

"Foster Care Fortnight is a great opportunity to welcome everyone who is interested in fostering to enquire about Fostering with Bucks.

"Fostering not only changes a child's future, but enriches foster carers' lives too in ways they perhaps couldn't have predicted.

"If you know someone who could change a child's life, we'd love to hear from them."

Keely, who grew up in the care of a Buckinghamshire County Council foster carer reveals how fostering has the power to change futures:

"I have got the best foster parents in the world who have given me the best opportunity in life and are very supportive.

"Please help another child in need and give them a chance."

This Foster Care Fortnight, there will be a series of events that BCC are hosting across the county to help people find out more about fostering and the specialist training, generous allowances and support they offer to all our foster carers.

The drop-in sessions will be taking place in various locations:

  • Tesco Extra Loudwater, Wycombe - Wednesday 15 May (3pm - 6pm)
  •  Harris + Hoole, Buckingham - Friday 17 May (10am - 12pm)
  • Tesco Extra Broadfield, Aylesbury - Friday 24 May (2pm - 6pm)

The next information event will be held on Wednesday 29 May, 7pm at Buckingham Opportunities Centre, Well Street, Buckingham, MK18 1EN - you can book your place here.

All the information can be found here.

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