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Council urgently needs new foster carers for 25 children – South London News

A council is calling for new foster carers as new figures show more than 20 young people are ready to get out of their current care arrangements.

Data published today show that approximately 25 children in Southwark waiting for foster care, while the number of caregivers is declining across the borough due to high retirement rates each year.

As part of Foster Care Fortnight, which runs from May 13 to 26, Southwark council released a video featuring a poem recited by two care leavers, Louie, 23, and Rukiya, 27, dedicated to foster carers their maternal

Councilor Jasmine Ali, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Children, Education and Refugees, said: “This Fostering Fifteen, we honor the incredible contribution of our foster carers who each make a life-changing difference to the lives of young people.

“It gives young people an invaluable sense of security and understanding to help them grow and fulfill their full potential. Adoption might only take a short time. But the impact can last a lifetime.

“At Southwark, we are committed to ensuring that no child misses out on being part of a loving family. Foster carers tell us that there is nothing more rewarding than helping to give a child a loving home and a happy childhood. We would love to hear from you if you feel the placement might be right for you.”

Foster carers are financially supported, assigned a dedicated social worker and have ongoing training throughout the care period. Carers also get access to wellness groups and social events.

If you think you could give a loving home to one of the children waiting to be fostered in Southwark, visit www.southwark.gov.uk/fostering

Pictured above: Louie, who features in the new film launched by Southwark council as part of ‘Foster Care Fortnight’ (Image: Southwark council)



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