Trust launches Foster Care Fortnight

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Foster Care Fortnight 2016 (May 16– 0), Northern Ireland’s largest celebration of fostering, has been launched by The Fostering Network in Northern Ireland in partnership with the Southern Health and Social Care Trust and the Regional Adoption and Fostering Service.

Foster Care Fortnight aims to raise the profile of foster care and to promote the recruitment of foster carers.

Foster carers and staff from all fostering providers in Northern Ireland came together for this annual event. Foster carers were given the opportunity to take part in a variety of workshops that ranged from yoga to study skills, and a whole lot more in between.

Kathleen Toner, Director of The Fostering Network in Northern Ireland, said: “Today has been a real celebration. Not just for families who already foster, but also the members of the public who have come along this afternoon to find out more about fostering and have opened their heart to the idea of their family becoming a fostering family.”

Foster carers may be married, co habiting or single. They may own or rent their home, work or receive benefits, and may or may not have children of their own. There is no upper age limit for foster carers as long as they are healthy and have the energy to care for a child or young person.

To find out more visit https://www.thefosteringnetwork.org.uk/could-you-foster or call 0800 0720 137 or the Trust on 028 38 337181.