People in Pocklington Urged to Consider Fostering
9:40am 9th May 2014
The national campaign to encourage more people to consider becoming foster carers is being backed by celebrities including Gareth Gates, whose parents have fostered over 50 children, award-winning author Jacqueline Wilson and TV cook Lorraine Pascale.
In the East Riding there are currently about 180 children in foster care, and East Riding of Yorkshire Council is looking to recruit around 20 more fostering households across the region.
The fostering team is looking for foster carers for children of all ages, from birth upwards, and is particularly keen to find suitable carers for older children from the age of five.
For foster carers Lee and Alison Rooks, who have fostered five children since they started fostering nearly two years ago, the experience has been hugely rewarding.
The couple, who live in a village near Pocklington, have fostered children from birth to nine years old.
“We had always said that we would foster at some point in our lives, whether we had our own children or not,” said Mrs Rooks, who has three daughters of her own.
“We felt passionately about wanting to help other children and make a difference to their lives.
“When the children go to bed at night we can honestly say we know we did our ultimate best today for those children and when we see the children being happy and settled it is a big reward to know that we have contributed to that.
“I can’t envisage a time when we would not want to do this any more and we would recommend other people to become foster carers, without a shadow of a doubt.”
The East Riding fostering team will be holding an information event for people to come along and find out more about fostering on Monday 9 June at Tickton Grange Hotel, Tickton, near Beverley, from 6 to 8pm.
Dave Glenville, the team manager, said: “Fostering can be fun, tough, rewarding and challenging – sometimes all at the same time! We, and importantly the children and young people we are caring for, need foster carers.
“We need people with enthusiasm, resilience, tenacity and a very strong desire to help children and young people.. Fostering changes lives and makes a very real difference.”
To find out more about becoming a foster carer, please ring the fostering team on (01482) 396673.
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