Foster Care Fortnight 2023

Foster Care Fortnight online event

Have you thought about fostering but aren't sure where to start? 

Our "Is fostering for me?" online session on Monday, May 15th at 6pm could be a great place to start. 

This Foster Care Fortnight, you can join online to ask your questions and find out more about how you can help children as a paid foster carer. 

There's no pressure to sign up. 

Please call or text 07779 983 165 to book your place. 


To celebrate national Foster Care Fortnight, Northumberland County Council is highlighting the positive impact that foster carers and their families can have on the life of a young person. 

Over the past 12 months, Northumberland County Council has welcomed 20 new Northumberland families and is currently seeking 30 new households to help children and young people through fostering. 

 The urgent need is homes for school age children and homes to keep brothers and sisters together. This is across the county in Berwick, Alnwick, Amble, Ashington, Blyth, Cramlington, Prudhoe and the surrounding areas. 

You can be a single person, a couple or a family household and will receive both fees and allowances, as well as a comprehensive package of support and training to help you care for children.  

Guy Renner-Thompson, cabinet member with responsibility for Children’s Services said “Foster Care Fortnight is a brilliant opportunity to show how much we appreciate everything our Northumberland foster carers do for children in care, and we can’t thank them enough.  

“But we urgently need more to join team so that more children can grow up locally and safe, in a nurturing and loving environment, to reach their full potential. 

“Working closely with the council, foster carers can choose from a wide range of foster care roles to suit their household.  The support and training enable people to open their homes to some of our community’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people.”  

To showcase one of the many success stories, Northumberland County Council is catching up with foster carer Debbie and her first ever foster daughter Shauna.  

In the series of podcasts and videos, the two talk about their experiences of being a foster family. 

Debbie said: “To see a child, a young person, develop and move on with their own life and start their own families eventually, it is really rewarding, and just to know that you have made a huge difference in a young person's life - it's the best feeling ever.” 

Foster Care Fortnight- which takes place 15 to 28 May - is the UK’s biggest foster care awareness raising campaign, delivered by leading fostering charity, The Fostering Network. Established in 1997, the campaign showcases the commitment, passion, and dedication of foster carers. It also supports fostering services to shine a light on the need for more foster carers. 

Find out more about becoming a Foster Carer online telephone 01670 62 62 62.

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