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People able to offer a vulnerable child a secure family home are urged to make a new year’s resolution to think about fostering and adoption.
Leicestershire County Council wants to recruit foster carers and adopters and is encouraging people to pick up the phone and find out more.
Children need foster carers following a family crisis, if their parents become ill or if their family home is unsafe. This could involving caring for them for anything from a few days right through to the rest of their childhood.
Adoption is a lifelong commitment and is about providing a child in care who cannot return home with a secure and loving family.
In Leicestershire, it takes on average 18 months to place a child with an adoptive family – this is better than the national average and six weeks quicker than last year.
Ivan Ould, Leicestershire County Council cabinet member for children and young people, said: “Fostering or adopting children, although challenging, is also one of the most rewarding things you can do and we’re urging anyone who is interested to find out more.
“Anyone can make a success of it – the key qualities are patience, humour, time and energy and a determination to give a young person the sort of support that will really make a difference to their life.”
Anyone can be considered for fostering or adoption – whether you are on your own or in a relationship, working or not working, regardless of your race, religion or sexual orientation. To find out more, please visit www.spaceforachild.com or call 0116 305 3051 or freephone 0800 587 7767.