Foster Care Fortnight is the national awareness campaign headed up by national charity The Fostering Network. It aims to not only raise the profile of fostering but to increase awareness around the power of fostering to transform the lives of children and young people.

This year’s theme #ThisIsFostering provides the opportunity to showcase the great work foster carers are doing in their local area. The Fostering Network’s overarching message of every Foster Care Fortnight is ‘foster care transforms lives’ and looks to highlight the ways in which foster carers make incredible differences to the lives of fostered children and young people.

But foster care doesn’t just transform the lives of the young people who are fostered, it also has the power to change the lives of foster carers, their families and all those who are involved in fostering. Foster Care Fortnight is a great platform to share the stories of all the people who have had their lives transformed by foster care and by doing so to raise the profile of fostering and the need for more foster carers.

Currently just over 55,000 children are living with fostering families in England and The Fostering Network estimate 8,000 new foster families are now needed to meet demand. There is particularly a need for carers for sibling groups, those with disabilities and older teenagers.

With such a great need now is the time to start finding out more about taking those first steps towards becoming a foster carer. Why not contact the team this foster care fortnight and start that journey to change a future?