09:07 Friday 27 December 2013

Ely couple urge more Cambridgeshire residents to become foster carers

Written byJORDAN DAY

The couple, who live in Ely, pictured with their two birth children. The couple, who live in Ely, pictured with their two birth children.

A couple are urging people to make a difference to children and young people in 2014 by becoming foster carers.

Cambridgeshire County Council is desperate for more local people to become foster carers.

Approximately 450 young people had to spend Christmas away from their families this year in Cambridgeshire alone.

The couple pictured, who cannot be named for legal reasons, live in Ely and have been foster carers since the summer of 2012.

The foster mum said: “We have two birth children and we are registered for one foster child up to the age of 4, as well as respite for any other foster carers.

“We’ve been fostering since the summer of 2012 and have found it the most rewarding experience - our family could not be happier.

“We’ve only fostered two children so far and we’re currently fostering a little girl aged six-months.

“Fostering is certainly something we’d urge other families to do. It’s hard to describe how rewarding it is as it is so incredibly rewarding.

“We believe that every child or young person needs love and stability, and to be able to provide that to a child in need is amazing.”

Foster carers can be married, in a civil partnership, single or living with a partner, from an ethnic background and either in work, unemployed or retired.

Jill Blose, the council’s fostering service manager, said: “Foster carers help to give children and young people a safe place to call home and this is something that every child deserves.

“Without the help of foster carers we cannot provide local foster placements for Cambridgeshire children and young people.”

For more information about fostering, call 0800 052 0078 or visit www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/fostering.

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