It's foster care fortnight

Oldham Council is asking residents to do something incredible and foster a local child or young person.

The council is using Foster Care Fortnight (May 8 to 21) as an opportunity to highlight the urgent and growing need for more foster carers in the borough.

Maggie Kufeldt, Executive Director for Health and Wellbeing at Oldham Council, said: “Foster Care Fortnight is an excellent way to remind local people that we are in need of foster carers to make a difference to the lives of children and young people in Oldham.

“We are very grateful to all our foster carers for the fantastic work they do. To welcome a child or young person into their home and family takes real dedication and commitment. They really are special people, helping Oldham’s children at a very difficult time of their lives.”

All types of people make great carers. You can apply to foster regardless of marital status, sexuality, race or religion, or whether you are in work or have a disability.

People need to be over 21, have a spare bedroom and enjoy working with children.

Carers will receive extensive support, including their own highly trained social worker, a 24/7 emergency line, the opportunity to work as a professional team, full, comprehensive training and a generous financial package up to £29,000 per annum.

Call 0161 770 6600 or go to www.oldham.gov.uk/ fostering to find out more.

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