Doncaster Council is encouraging men across the region to consider fostering this Father’s Day.
Over the past year the Council has noticed a significant upsurge in male fostering enquirers, with a 200 per cent increase in single male carers approved over the past 12 months.
In 2014, Doncaster Council is aiming to recruit a total of 45 new foster carers in order to keep up with the growing demand of children from across the borough needing short or long term care. There are currently 165 children and young people living with Doncaster Council’s foster carers, this figure is expected to increase further by 2015.
Mayor of Doncaster, Ros Jones said: “I believe that it is important for every child to have role models in their lives, and as we celebrate Father’s Day it is a perfect time to also celebrate the role of the male foster carer. For all those men across Doncaster who feel they could offer a child the support and security they need to enjoy their childhood, we would urge them to get in touch with our fostering team this Father’s Day.”
There are lots of reasons why families are unable to look after their children. Children may require care due to illness, family breakdowns or more seriously because a child’s welfare is threatened by abuse or neglect. All these children will need the safety, security and reassurance of having somewhere to call home, whether it be for a short time or longer term.
It takes a very special person to foster, but if you answer yes to any of the following questions, Doncaster Council would love to hear from you.
•Do you enjoy spending time with children and young people?
•Are you confident enough to care for children through difficult times?
•Can you be patient and understanding with children?
•Can you talk openly and honestly?
•Are you flexible and non-judgemental?
•Can you work as part of a team with social workers, teachers and other professionals?
For further information please visit www.fosteringindoncaster.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0808 129 2600.