Fostering changes children's lives
8 May 2019
A small group of people in Brent are achieving greatness every day. Through fostering they are changing children’s lives by offering them a home, love and support.
From helping the looked after children to stay and do well in school, to building their self-confidence and improving their mental health, foster carers are doing everything they can to shape the future of Brent’s children in care. Unfortunately, the number of fostering households is decreasing - this is why we are joining Foster Care Fortnight to highlight the positive outcome of fostering and recruit new foster carers for local Brent children.
Between 13 and 26 May we will be active offline and online to show you how 'Fostering changes futures in Brent'. We are organising events at different locations around the borough to meet people and speak to them about the benefits of fostering and the attractive rewards offered by Brent. You can find us at Brent Civic Centre, on the ground floor, on 13 and 23 May, at The Library at Willesden Green on 17 May, and at the Job and Apprenticeship Show on 21 May. Come along to meet us.
If you are a local business owner and deal with Brent residents frequently, you can jin our campaign and display the posters at your location or share something on social media. There are lots of small things that you can do; get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a briefing.
Cllr Mili Patel, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People said:
“There are many different reasons children and young people may need to be placed with foster carers.
“Fostering can help to change lives and give young people hope for a future they may not have seen for themselves.
“A stable family network is very important for children as they grow and become young adults. Love, care and support is vital for their long-term well-being.”
Everyone over the age of 21 with indefinite leave to remain in the UK can apply to become a foster carer. To find out more, contact Brent Fostering.
You can discover the requirements to foster in Brent and the different types of fostering you can do, as well as the benefits of becoming a foster carer such as the fostering allowance, on brent.gov.uk/fostering.