Home for Good’ partners with Stoke-on-Trent City Council to find foster-carers

Over 40,000 children will enter the care system in the UK this year. The COVID-19 pandemic has made the situation more challenging than it already was. The Children’s Commissioner estimates that more than 2 million children are living in vulnerable situations that are significantly exacerbated by the effects of lockdown. Many local authorities are experiencing a significant rise in referrals since schools re-opened in early September.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council have faced a 44% rise in the number of children taken into care over the past three years. There are currently more than 940 children in the Council’s care. There is an urgent need for at least 30 more foster families to step forward this year to ensure that every child has the home they need at the time they need it.

Home for Good, a Christian charity that is committed to finding a home for every child who needs one, is working with Stoke-on-Trent City Council to call on the Christian community to step up to care for the most vulnerable children in the city. HfG is seeking new foster-carers – and church communities to support them and the children they will care for. Foster-carers are needed for primary school children, teenagers, and young parents with babies. Carers who can offer short- or long-term placements, or short breaks, are required.

Home for Good will run a number of online information sessions through the autumn for those who are interested in finding out more about fostering. For more information, follow THIS LINK or contact HfG’s Regional Manager Mike Chesterton on 07701 097062 or at mike.chesterton@homeforgood.org.uk.