Foster carers encourage others to come forward

An information evening about foster care held at St Nic’s, Nottingham, was attended by 15 people who heard from carers about the rewards and challenges of fostering a child.

Bishop Paul and his wife Sarah, who fostered children while they were living in London, spoke to the gathering, along with other carers who described what it was like to take in a child and to offer him/her a stable, caring home.

The gathering also heard from Steve Comb, Head of Children in Care at Nottingham City Council, which currently has about 600 children in its care, many of them placed in foster homes. He explained the process that potential carers would go through, the support they would be offered, and the benefits for the children involved.

The diocese has teamed up with the council to launch a campaign to encourage more Christians to consider becoming foster carers.

Bishop Paul, who is supporting the campaign, said: “It is an essential expression of our Christian faith that we should demonstrate our concern for the well-being of vulnerable children and families in our society and neighbourhood.

“Everyone can play a part, whether that means supporting someone who is fostering or by becoming a foster carer themselves. We first felt called to this special work while we were living in London. Through the privilege of fostering we found it enriched our family and faith in ways we could not have expected.”

There is a growing need for foster carers as the number of children in care continues to rise – the Children and Family Court Advisory Service says the figure is at a 30 year high nationally.

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