Jamaila Hussain, from the council’s People Directorate, explained: “Our foster carers think of themselves as ordinary people doing an extraordinary role, but we know that they are all exceptional. By offering a child or children a warm, loving home environment, they really are able to change the young people’s lives forever.”
Councillor Ian Cuthbertson, the council’s executive member for Children, Young People and Education, explained that foster carers come from all walks of life:
The children and young people in our care have all experienced significant difficulties in their young lives. Having foster carers with different life experiences and skills means that we can match our carers to the children and young people who need them.
“Many people consider fostering when their own children have left home and they have a bit more time and space, while others foster children and young people alongside their own children. Some have previous experience of working with children, young people or vulnerable adults, and others know people who have been in care or who have been foster carers and just want to help transform a life. What they all have in common is a desire to help nurture and support local children and young people.”
City of York Foster Carer, Lesley, says that Fostering changed her life and the lives of her children.
She explained: We have a huge extended family which brings with it lots of fun, laughter, and a few challenges along the way. We are so glad that we were able to make a difference to the children and young people we have cared for. If you’re thinking about it, make sure you chat to someone. Start that journey.”
To find out more about how you can help local children by fostering call visit www.york.gov.uk/fostering or call 01904 555678.