Help bring our children back to Bucks

Fostering_Nov 2013Could you be a foster carer for one of the many children and young people who are currently living in care away from Buckinghamshire?

We are urgently looking for more people to become foster carers so these vulnerable children and young people can return home to the County.

Local foster carers are critical to the welfare of our most vulnerable children and young people, as it enables them to stay close to their communities and maintain vital links with their family, friends, and school.

In particular parents whose children have ‘flown the nest’ by going to university or pursuing a more independent life are being urged to consider if they could offer these children a safe and loving home. 

June Sutton from Aylesbury, who has two grown up children of her own has been a foster carer for the County Council for almost twenty years.

She said: "It was my sister also a foster carer who originally gave me the idea. I had just been made redundant and had some health issues so really didn't think I would be eligible and my daughter was still living at home. But following approval the council's fostering team welcomed me with open arms, and I started looking after children aged 0 - 17 year olds."  

June said she knew very little about fostering before deciding she wanted to do it, believing it was only for children who needed short-term care. So she was a little surprised when her first foster child ended up staying with her for over two years.   

She told us: "Fostering is a challenge but it’s also really rewarding to watch the children thrive in your care. You don't have to be rich, live in a mansion, be married or even in a couple to foster. I'm proof that anyone can do it. I've felt really supported by the fostering team, as there's loads of training you can do and always someone at the other end of the phone if you need them."

If you are interested in becoming a foster carer or adoptive parent and would like to find out more please click here or call 0800 160 1900.

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