Did you know, one of the best known poets in Manchester was in foster care? Although Lemn Sissay had a bad experience in the late 1960s, he still thinks fostering is one of the greatest things a human being can do. Now a well-known broadcaster and writer, he released his first book of poetry when he was 21 years old.
Fortunately, the system has changed a great deal since the 1960s, when women still suffered from a great deal of disempowerment. This meant that children, like Sissay, often went into care when they shouldn’t have.
Nowadays in the UK, a child comes into care every 20 minutes needing a foster family, according to The Huffington Post; that’s around 1,000 children a month. That means there’s no time like the present to consider becoming a foster carer.
Contrary to popular belief, foster carers come from all walks of life. You can believe in any religion; be married or single; and either own a home or be renting. The most important thing is you have the love and support that a child needs.
If you’re thinking of fostering a child in the North West, Foster Careline have all the information you need. Most of our referrals come from local authorities, who want the best for children in care.
For more info about fostering in Manchester, simply click here.