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Sons & Daughters Month: Celebrating Tameside's Foster Siblings

Press Release: 08/10/2020

 

It may be a year of uncertainty for lots of families but one thing is for sure – Tameside’s foster families are as amazing as ever.

This October, the Tameside Council fostering team are celebrating all the ways that foster siblings change the lives of children every day. Supporting the national campaign led by The Fostering Network, the Sons & Daughters campaign features children and young people from Tameside’s foster families as they share what being a foster sibling means to them.

The children and young people of Tameside foster carers were asked: ‘What is the best thing about having a foster sibling?’ And here are some of the responses…

Freddie, aged 8 from Tameside says;

‘The best thing about being a foster sibling is that they are really cute and we get to take care of them so they’re safe’.

Becky, 21 helps her mum take care of her foster children and says ‘The best thing about having a foster sibling is being able to be in their life and make a positive impact. Whether that be by playing, making them smile, talking, listening to them and just being there. It enables growth within the foster child and myself which is so uplifting. You can see the foster child happy and smiling as their life is changing for the better’.

While Georgia, 7 loves that she ‘has someone to play with all the time’.

Tameside Council Deputy Executive Leader Bill Fairfoull says ‘Here in Tameside, we value our foster families who make such a difference to local looked after children’s lives. Fostering gives them the opportunity to experience a stable and happy family life and a support system to help them to achieve their dreams. It’s great to hear from birth children of local foster families on how fostering is positive experience for them too.’

The campaign acts as part of Tameside’s wider strategy to recruit more fantastic foster carers to look after local children in need of a loving and safe home. As the pandemic continues, Tameside is still in need of foster carers and are appealing to those who may be looking for a career change for a number of reasons. If you have worked with children before or maybe you are a nurse, teaching assistant or youth worker looking for truly rewarding role, Tameside can support you through specialist training to help you become a highly skilled foster carer.

Head to the website; https://www.tameside.gov.uk/fostering and the Tameside Facebook and Twitter pages to see the campaign video in full and hear more of what Tameside’s wonderful foster siblings have to say.

You can also view the video here; https://youtu.be/nYAJT0CnAZA

Do you know someone who could foster a local child?

Tell them to call the friendly Tameside Fostering team today on 0161 342 2342 today or visit the website www.tameside.gov.uk/fostering to find out more.

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