Due to the coronavirus pandemic, 2020 has been a difficult year for many people, but especially for vulnerable young people. By becoming a Foster Carer in 2021, we want people from all walks of life to start making a difference and changing the lives of the growing number of young people in care. According to the most recent statistics, the number of young people in care has increased by 28% in the last decade.
We’ve highlighted the following as a result of the decrease in fostering families coming forward and the increased number of children entering care this year:
Leah and Martin, two of our Foster Carers, have this message for other potential Foster Carers:
“We enjoy being Foster Carers because we know we are providing a safe and secure environment for children and young people.”
Foster Carer Karen continued, “There’s been a lot of happiness, and I’d say it’s changed our lives because we’ve learned so much more about the need and why fostering is important, and we’re glad to be a part of it.”
Children and adolescents require a safe haven where they can feel loved, supported, and protected from harm. The agency provides full training, 24/7 support, competitive allowances, and the opportunity to meet people with similar interests and make new friends by becoming a part of a local fostering family to help you foster successfully.
Could you foster a teenager during COVID-19?
Teenagers coming into care need a home now more than ever.
Fostering teens is an excellent option for those looking for a new job. Those looking to make a positive difference in their lives may also benefit from job security and the ability to work from home.
Teenagers are the most common age group in the care system, accounting for 39 percent of those aged 10-15 and 24 percent of those aged 16 and up*. You will assist these teens in finding their way in life by providing stability and parental care, which will help them overcome the barriers created by childhood neglect and violence. You won’t have to do it alone, thanks to our unrivalled training and 24/7 service.
According to one of our WellCare Foster Carers,
“During our tenure as Foster Carers, my wife and I have had the privilege of hosting at least a dozen teens, some for just a weekend and others for four years, right up to their transition from care to independent living. WellCare’s support hasn’t changed during the lockdown; we’re still getting help online.”
If you think you have the resilience and perseverance needed to care for adolescents and young people in care and want to learn more about fostering, You can use our contact form or call us at 020 3417 9292