Council fostering service celebrates ‘super’ sons and daughters of foster carers
As part of the Fostering Network’s national ‘Sons and Daughter’s Month’, Foster4 is highlighting the valuable role sons and daughters of foster carers play.
Foster4 is a collaborative foster carer recruitment service for Warrington Borough Council, Halton Borough Council, Cheshire East Council and Cheshire West and Chester Council.
Cllr Matt Smith, cabinet member for children’s services, said: “Sons and daughters of foster carers are vital parts of a fostering household. Many people thinking about fostering are concerned about the potential impact on their own children, and our sons and daughters are testament to the positive impact growing up with parents who foster can have.
“While sharing their parents, home and things with children and young people they don’t know can be tricky at times, the reality is that we frequently hear from foster carers that their sons and daughters benefit hugely themselves. Seeing life from other children’s perspectives can give them a real depth of enriching life experiences.
“As part of Sons and Daughter’s Month, we’re sending a thank you card and small token of our appreciation to all the sons and daughters of our foster carers. We’re also working with our colleagues in Halton, one of the local authorities in the Foster4 collaboration, and will be lighting the Mersey Gateway bridge Orange on Monday 7 October to celebrate. Sons and daughters of foster carers really are unsung heroes and we want each and every child who grows up as part of a fostering family to know just how important they are.”
Sasha, who grew up in a fostering household, said: “My mum and dad started fostering when I was 13 and my brother was nine. It’s certainly not all been plain sailing but it’s definitely changed my life for the better. It’s all I’ve ever known and now I’m an adult with a young family of my own, I’m still very much an active part of our fostering family. I help out with caring for the children my mum and dad have in their care, and get involved with the recruitment of new carers. I often attend information sessions and even attend initial visits to new carers, who sometimes worry how their own children will cope.
Fostering is very much a family affair – everyone helps each other out in their own little ways to ensure the children have the best possible childhoods – sons and daughters included!”