Change a young person’s life and yours… what are you waiting for?
A foster care agency, still run by its co-founders 21 years after it started, is urging people across Kent to think about giving a young person a new start in life, and consider becoming a foster carer.
Foster Care Associates’ (FCA) ‘What Are You Waiting For?’ recruitment campaign is inspired from the moment in 1994 when FCA’s co-founder, Jan Rees OBE, experienced what she calls her ‘light-bulb moment’ after reading an article on fostering. This led to her life-changing decision to care for young people in need.
Jan Rees OBE, co-founder of Foster Care Associates, said: “We’re 100% committed to changing the lives of children and young people in Kent, and our foster carers are at the heart of everything we do, but we need more. No matter what age you are, whether you apply as a single person or a couple, or have your own birth children, as long as you have a spare room and are able to nurture and support, you could become a foster carer.”
Unlike adoption a fostered child remains the legal responsibility of the local authority and/or their birth parents, and ensures that children who cannot be with their parents or other relatives, for whatever reasons, can be cared for in a family situation.
Jan continues: “Foster care is not without its challenges, which is why the support services provided by a fostering agency like FCA is so integral to carers, however I would also describe it as the best job in the world! I hope someone reading this today will find their lightbulb moment and decide to enquire about becoming a foster carer – what are you waiting for?”
Foster carers with FCA receive frequent visits and contact from a dedicated and qualified social worker. Support is also provided through an education officer, support workers and therapist to help carers meet the needs of child or young person. Ongoing training, a financial allowance, access to carer support groups and organised family activities are all contributing factors as to why FCA placements are 22% more stable than the national average.
For more information on becoming a foster carer with FCA call 0800 022 4012 and speak to the FCA Recruitment Team, or enquire online at www.thefca.co.uk.