‘I want a dad who will take me on adventures’: hard-hitting campaign launched to recruit foster carers in Northamptonshire
A hard-hitting social media campaign has been launched today by Northamptonshire County Council to raise awareness of the growing demand for foster carers in the county.
There are currently 900 looked-after children in Northamptonshire and the county council is hoping to encourage more people to consider fostering a child with a new recruitment campaign.
The campaign involves a video which has already been viewed more than 6,000 times on social media and which features real messages from children in care talking about what they are looking for in a family.
The quotes include ‘I want a dad who will take me on adventures’, ‘I want to be able to live with my sister so we can look after each other’ and ‘I want a family who accept me for who I am’.
The children are played by young actors from the Open Stage theatre group based in Northampton and by volunteers.
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The social media campaign will be supported by bus advertising, banners displayed in prominent locations around the county and a series of open evenings and events.
Councillor Matthew Golby, county council cabinet member for families and education, said: “For children in care, it’s the little things that make a big difference, whether that’s having dinner together as a family, going to the park or simply having someone to talk to.
“We hope this social media video will have a real impact as it comes from the voice of the child. The children in our care need a stable, loving home and they deserve the same opportunity to have a family life as every other child.
“I would encourage anyone who thinks they have what it takes to become a foster carer for Northamptonshire County Council to contact our fostering team to find out more.”
To become a short or long-term foster carer, people must:
* Have space and time in their life to care for a child
* Have a spare bedroom
* Be able to work as part of a team
* Be physically and mentally fit
* Have patience, flexibility, time and energy
Information about becoming a foster carer with Northamptonshire County Council is available by calling 0300 126 1009 or by visiting www.fosterme.co.uk.