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Christmas campaign dispels the myths on who can foster

You need to ‘be a certain age’, ‘be married’, ‘have qualifications’  or ‘own your own home’. These are just some of the myths holding people back from considering fostering according to Staffordshire County Council.

Now, as part of its Christmas campaign to highlight the urgent need for foster families, the Council has set out to dispel commonly held misconceptions about who can foster in a bid to get more people to come forward.

In the run up to Christmas, a series of 12 short cartoons will air online to dispel the most common myths and reveal the truth. The first will be released on 12 December with the final one being shown on Christmas Eve.

People can view the cartoons on the council’s Facebook and Twitter accounts from 12 December.

Viewers are invited to share and like the videos with friends and family and to take part in a prize draw with a first prize of a £75 Post Office One4All gift card. Viewers will need to both share some of the posts and spot the fostering service’s mascot, Reggie Bear, who will be hidden in just one of the clips. Full details of the draw can be found online at www.care4child.org/12myths.

Mark Sutton, Cabinet Member for Children at Staffordshire County Council explained that this was a fun campaign in the run up to Christmas that would hopefully help dispel some of those commonly held myths holding people back from fostering.

Mark said:

We know that many people rule themselves out of fostering because they think they won’t be considered as they are not the right age, have no qualifications, they don’t own their own home, are not married or are in a same sex relationship. But this is not the case and our latest Christmas campaign is reminding people that they could be a foster carer and to get in touch.

“While we have a particular need for carers for sibling groups and teenagers, we are always keen to hear from anyone interested in becoming a foster carer. We want people to get involved and support our campaign by sharing the cartoons on their Facebook and Twitter accounts. The more the merrier, we want to reach the foster carers of the future whoever and wherever they are.”

People interested in becoming a foster carer can find out more at www.care4child.org or by calling 0800 1692061.

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Notes to Editor:

Links to the cartoons on each day can be shared for use on online press articles.  Contact niall.mcphilemy@staffordshire.gov.uk

Staffordshire’s Foster Service was rated “Outstanding” by Ofsted because of the support and training given to carers and their families.

Each Foster carer has their own dedicated social worker and experienced foster carer ‘mentor’ to support them through the assessment process and beyond.

All Foster Carers receive a weekly allowance and professional fee depending on the age of the child and experience level of the carer.