A fresh appeal for foster carers in Northern Ireland has been made as a major new region-wide fostering recruitment drive was celebrated in Portadown last week. With over 3,300 children and young people currently requiring foster care here, HSC Northern Ireland Adoption and Foster Care provides prospective and current foster carers with tailored support, advice and information.
The drive of a new public awareness campaign will be the recruitment of more foster carers, with the launch of a new website, WWW.ADOPTIONANDFOSTERCARE.HSCNI.NET marketing and advocacy messaging from current foster carers and a newly structured Northern Ireland wide regional service.
Isobel Bingham, with over five years’ experience working with HSC Northern Ireland Adoption and Foster Care, describes what fostering has meant for her: “Fostering has been the most rewarding experience for our family. Our two birth children have completely thrived, and it has helped them to realise that not all children and young people come from a loving home. My daughter said to me, “If we can’t love these children, then who will?”, so we decided to take the next step.”