Southern Trust launches Foster Care Fortnight

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Wednesday, May 25th, 2016
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Foster Care Fortnight 2016 (May 16 – 30), Northern Ireland’s largest celebration of fostering, has been launched by The Fostering Network in Northern Ireland in partnership with the Southern Health and Social Care Trust and the Regional Adoption and Fostering Service.
Pictured left to right, Kathleen Toner, Director of The Fostering Network NI, Paul Morgan Director of Children’s Services Southern HSC Trust and Una Carragher Regional Adoption and Fostering Service

Pictured left to right, Kathleen Toner, Director of The Fostering Network NI, Paul Morgan Director of Children’s Services Southern HSC Trust and Una Carragher Regional Adoption and Fostering Service

Foster Care Fortnight aims to raise the profile of foster care and to promote the recruitment of foster carers. Foster carers and staff from all fostering providers in Northern Ireland came together for this annual event. Foster carers were given the opportunity to take part in a variety of workshops that ranged from yoga to study skills, and a whole lot more in between. Kathleen Toner, Director of The Fostering Network in Northern Ireland, said, “Today has been a real celebration. Not just for families who already foster, but also the members of the public who have come along this afternoon to find out more about fostering and have opened their heart to the idea of their family becoming a fostering family. “To launch Foster Care Fortnight with our friends and colleagues from the Southern Health and Social Care Trust and the Regional Adoption and Fostering Team has been an exciting experience. She added, “Their commitment to foster care, foster carers and kinship carers, and the children that live with them, is remarkable and we would encourage people in the area to get in touch with them and to start their own fostering journey today.” Paul Morgan, Director of Children and Young Peoples Services within the Southern Trust, added, “We are delighted to host the launch of Foster Care Fortnight and help raise awareness of the valuable job foster carers do. He added, “We can never underestimate the value of family life. Time and again we see how, with support and encouragement, a child’s confidence can be increased, helping them to achieve in education and employment and work towards reaching their full potential.”
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May June 2016 updatedFoster carers may be married, co habiting or single. They may own or rent their home, work or receive benefits, and may or may not have children of their own. There is no upper age limit for foster carers as long as they are healthy and have the energy to care for a child or young person. Anyone who wishes to find out more about becoming a foster carer should visit https://www.thefosteringnetwork.org.uk/could-you-foster or contact the HSC Regional Adoption and Fostering Service on 0800 0720 137, or alternatively, call the Southern Health and Social Care Trust on 028 38 337181.

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