23 October 2018   |  Last Updated 29-04-2015 05:01

      Manchester hunts for foster parents

      MANCHESTER City Council is throwing its second fostering event where foster carers will be talking to potential parents about why they should foster.

      The council aims to encourage more adults to consider fostering, as there are over 1,200 children in Manchester in care.


      Fostering Solutions, a Bolton fostering agency, launched their Foster15 initiative earlier this year, as Manchester was found to have the fourth highest number of children in care in the UK.

      The event will include a discussion on the different types of fostering, what the process involves, the benefit of fostering, as well as answering any other questions that attendees have.

      Councillor Sheila Newman, Executive Member Children's Services, Manchester City Council, said: "Foster carers make an enormous difference to the lives of vulnerable children and young people, and anyone who thinks they can make a difference to a child or young person should get in touch with us to find out more."

      A Manchester foster parent, who did not wish to be named, said: “I’ve been fostering for 20 years and only stopped because my husband became ill.

      “I used to foster short term for pre-school children. But eventually fostered four children long term, two of which I cared for for 17 years, along with my own six children.”

      “It’s an extremely rewarding experience but was heart breaking giving them back. I treated them as one of my own, and they got on really well with my kids. It was the best days of my life.”

      "Manchester social services were very supportive, they'd talk through any problems with you if they couldn't come and speak to you directly."

      A spokesman for Fostering Solutions, said: “The lack of foster carers is getting worse, and our recent reports show that the number of children in care has increased by seven per cent since 2010. We desperately need more foster carers to be encouraged to come forward.”

      The event is on Saturday 25th April, 12pm-5pm at the Forum Centre, Wythenshawe.

      For more information on fostering go to www.fosterformanchester.com or call the Council’s fostering line on 0800 988 8931.

      By Rebecca Ore