WIGANERS are being called to help transform a child’s life by committing to becoming a foster carer.
The council has signed up to You Can Foster, a campaign running throughout the North West which has set ambitious targets to ensure as many children as possible find a loving home in 2013.
The campaign, which has the support of 23 local authorities across the region, will run a series of high-profile television adverts as part of its drive to counter some of the false ideas and misconceptions people have about fostering.
Wigan Council is backing their efforts to educate people about what is involved in fostering, and is particularly keen to hear from social groups who often wrongly believe they cannot give a child a home, including those who are single, unmarried or out of work.
The You Can Foster campaign, which has recruited almost 200 new carers in the North West since it began in 2010 and hopes to exceed the 1,500 enquiries received last year, is also keen to stress foster applications are considered regardless of gender or sexual orientation.
Foster carers look after children who are unable to stay with their birth family on a temporary basis.
In some cases youngsters may stay with their foster carers for years, but others will only need short-break fostering, which may just be somewhere to stay at weekends or during school holidays.
Coun Susan Loudon, Wigan Council’s cabinet member for children and young people, said: “This very important campaign aims to dispel some of the myths and misleading preconceptions around fostering and to encourage anybody with room in their hearts, and in their homes, to consider making a real difference to the lives of children and young people in need.
“I urge anybody who has ever thought about becoming a foster carer to come forward and find out what’s involved so they can help turn young people’s lives around for the better.”
For more information about the You Can Foster campaign and to request an information pack, visit www.youcanfoster.org or call 0800 6347052. To speak to a member of Wigan Council’s fostering team about local opportunities ring 01942 487203.