Make a difference by fostering

09/06/2011

Make a difference by fostering

A local foster carer is encouraging others to take the opportunity to make a difference through opening their homes to children. Karen Sharkey was among carers who attended an event recently as part of Fostering Fortnight to highlight the importance of fostering.

 

There are currently 260 children living with foster carers in the Western Trust area. The Trust wants to find the right home for children in care first time round to limit disruption and instability in their lives.

 

Foster carer Karen Sharkey said: “I have seen the difference that you can make to a child in the time that you have with them. In the eight years I have been a foster carer the Western Trust has provided me with great support through my supervising social worker who has always been there for me whenever I have needed her. I would urge anyone with an interest in fostering to come forward. You could make a difference to a child or young person who needs a home today.”

 

Pat Armstrong, Head of Fostering said: “Fostering provides children who cannot live with their own families with alternative care where they can benefit from a loving, safe and stable home. Some of these children require care for a short time, others need nurturing homes until they reach independence.

 

“There is a particular need for more foster carers who could offer children long term/ permanent homes. These carers are committed to guiding vulnerable children through their teenage years, helping them build resilience and confidence for the years ahead.”

 

An information session for anyone interested in fostering is being held at the Public Services Centre, Omagh (beside Strule Arts Centre), on Friday 24 June 2011 from 11am- 2pm.

 

For more information about fostering please contact Dympna Brogan, Recruitment Team Manager, Tel: (028) 7131 4244 or (028) 8283 5624 or email Dympna.brogan@westerntrust.hscni.net or visit www.fostering.hscni.net for more information.