Foster Care Fortnight Launched

08/05/2017

Today the Regional Fostering Service launched Foster Care Fortnight (8 – 21 May 2017) in partnership with The Fostering Network and the Regional Adoption and Fostering Service at an event in The Mac, Belfast, hosted by Belfast Trust.

Speaking at the event, Carol Diffin, Co Director Children’s Community Services, said: “Belfast Trust is delighted to host the launch of Foster Care Fortnight 2017 which showcases the collaborative work between the five HSC Trusts, the Regional Adoption and Fostering Service and The Fostering Network. It is an opportunity to acknowledge publically the vital job which foster carers do in providing looked after children with a stable, loving family life so that they can reach their full potential.

“Foster carers support families, they help heal the pain children and young people carry, they nurture them to build their resilience both physically and emotionally and restore in them a sense of love and belonging to a family life which inevitably helps them grow to be the best they can be.” 

Andrea, 17, who has been in foster care, said: “My foster carers are very special to me and I will always remember what they did for me and my siblings. Without them I would have been split up from my brother and sister, maybe moved around, and wouldn’t have been able to see each other. That’s just too awful to think about.”

If you are interested in finding out more about fostering, particularly if you have the time and space in your life to care for siblings, then Belfast Trust Fostering Service would love to hear from you. Call 028 9504 0057 or visit www.adoptionandfostering.hscni.net