Signature Living the Liverpool based property developer and hoteliers are to host a search for Future Foster Carers across Merseyside by hosting a recruitment evening “COULD YOU BE THE DIFFERENCE” in the Cunard Building on Monday 14th May from 5pm-7pm.
The drop-in event, which is being hosted in partnership with Liverpool City Council, will be attended by Children’s services staff and foster carers who will be on hand to talk first hand to prospective foster carers about caring for a child. The event forms part of Foster Care Fortnight during which the city’s foster care recruitment team will be out and about at two locations in the city every day with information about being a foster carer.
The event also aims to de bunk many of the myths around foster caring which previously may have put off potential foster carers. Foster caring is open to anyone over the age of 21 with no upper age limit and no barriers to race or sexual orientation. The LGBT community and ethnic groups are actively encouraged to come forward as potential foster carers. Liverpool is a diverse city which needs carers from all backgrounds to come forward and care for its children.
LCC Councillor Barry Kushner Cabinet member for children’s services said:“ Taking in someone else’s child is life changing, both for the foster carer and the young person. We are seeing increasing numbers of young people coming into care and need the help of the local community so that we can look after our own.”
He continued “We need people with passion and commitment to make a difference to children’s lives. All you need is a spare room and the time to make the most of a rewarding opportunity.” Quality support and training is offered and the city council welcomes carers who wish to transfer to the city council from independent fostering agencies (IFA’s) Foster carers don’t pay council tax and families also get free membership to the city’s lifestyle’s fitness centres.
Signature Living MD Sue Wright, wife of former LFC captain Mark Wright, herself a foster carer and adoptive parent, combines both roles with managing one of the fasting growing leading property and hotel groups in Liverpool with over 870 staff .
Sue was also fostered as a child and knows first-hand the importance of getting placements right for children, which is why she is the driving force behind signature livings fostering campaign with Liverpool City Council to coincide with Fostering Fortnight. Sue and her husband Mark Wright have been foster carers for 10 years and have also adopted and know first-hand the challenges and rewards that fostering and adoption can bring.
As a former Barrister, Sue also dealt with the complexities of representing vulnerable parents and children within the Family Courts who faced Care and Adoption Proceedings over a 22-year career.
Commenting on the event Sue Wright said; “Signature Living has the ability through its massive social following to help support Liverpool City Council on this important campaign. Imagine as a City if we managed to recruit 50 new foster carers for our most vulnerable children in Liverpool what that would mean? It would be life changing for those children and maybe as a result we nurture the future icons, the John Lennon, the Steve Jobs or the Coco Chanel?
This event isn’t just about people coming along who are interested in fostering and adoption it’s about getting people there who may also be able to spread the word to family members, neighbours or colleagues about fostering or adoption.”
Sue added; “I hope in some small way that I’m a role model for children in the care system that you can go onto University, you can have dreams, aspirations and make something amazing of your life and in turn you can end up helping other youngsters too.”
For more information on Foster Caring In Liverpool please go to www.fostering.liverpool.gov.uk
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