Fostering fortnight in Birmingham

By on 16/05/2011 in News

Could you foster? That's the question Birmingham City Council is asking people to mark national fostering fortnight.

And there is a particular shortage of foster carers for teenagers, reflecting the national picture.

Karylle Phillips grew up in care in Birmingham and, after a number of placements, was given a long-term placement in her teens.

“Growing up in care is not the easiest thing. If it wasn't for my foster carers I wouldn't be where I am today – an independent young woman currently studying for a social work degree and working as a regional advocate for local children and young people in care,” she said.

“I think foster carers do the best job ever. They're able to see young people come through so much and turn their lives around. Most of us young people who have been in care never get the opportunity to hear our parents say 'I'm proud of you'; it's great to have foster carers who are there and can say that.

“My foster carers supported me through whatever I did - they knew what I needed and never gave up on me, they just stuck by me through whatever happened. I suppose that's what made them the most special people ever. I take my hat off to anyone who does this amazing job.”

The fostering recruitment team will be holding a fun day 'zumbathon' on Friday 20 May to raise awareness. Rotunda Square in the city centre will play host to zumba sessions (a work-out to Latin music), with team members on hand to talk to people about fostering.

Councillor Les Lawrence, cabinet member for children, young people and families, said: “We are always looking to recruit new foster carers, people dedicated to offering brighter futures for children and young people.

“Foster care provides a stable, safe and caring home for children going through a tough time. Teenagers in care are missing out at a stage in their lives when a good foster family could make all the difference, helping them to achieve at school and prepare for adult life. Foster care fortnight offers a great opportunity to find out more about fostering and how to make a difference.”

Note to editors:

Karylle is available to speak to the media. Please contact Sarah Kirby in the press office for more details on 0121 303 3885

For more information on fostering, contact the recruitment team on 0121 303 7575 or visit www.birmingham.gov.uk/fostering

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