Gordon is calling for more people across Blackpool to come forward to become foster carers, and to help change local children’s futures.
His call comes during The Fostering Network’s annual Foster Care FortnightTM campaign which seeks to raise awareness of the amazing role foster carers play in the lives of thousands of children and young people, and to encourage more people to foster.
In the North West, there are 8,600 children living with around 7,000 foster families, but there is a need for more foster carers. This year alone, hundreds of new foster families are needed in Blackpool to ensure that children coming into care have the best chance of finding a foster family that can meet their specific needs and help them build a positive future. To find out more about fostering in Blackpool go to https://www.blackpool.gov.uk/Residents/Health-and-social-care/Adoption-and-fostering/Fostering-in-Blackpool/Fostering-In-Blackpool.aspx
Gordon said: “I’m delighted to be supporting Foster Care Fortnight. Foster carers play such a vital role in our society and I am so grateful to all the foster families here in Blackpool. As a local authority, Blackpool faces a number of challenges around family breakdown issues, which are made more difficult by the transience nature in some parts of the town. These were issues I discussed with the Fostering Network when I met with them at their event in Parliament.
“It’s important we continue to make renewed efforts to recruit foster parents – I know Blackpool Council have been pro-active on with its own dedicated website for people wanting more information and considering fostering as an option.
“However, we still need many more people in Blackpool who think they might have the right skills and experience to consider whether they could become foster carers. By doing this you are changing the futures of children and young people who need support at a critical point in their young lives.”
Kevin Williams, chief executive of The Fostering Network, the UK’s leading fostering charity, said: ‘We are absolutely thrilled that Gordon is supporting this year’s Foster Care Fortnight. We know that foster care can transform children’s lives and recognising the positive impact that foster carers and their families have on children and young people is so important.”