Plea for more foster dads in Sheffield

More men are needed in Sheffield to become foster carers.
Sheffield Council has issued the plea ahead of Father’s Day tomorrow and is urging more men to find out how they can help shape the lives of children and young people who need loving homes with strong male role models.

There are currently 280 fostering households in Sheffield, but there are still not enough prospective foster carers coming forward.

The council hopes to raise the profile of fostering locally to back National Fostercare Fortnight as well as thank existing foster dads for their dedication and hard work.

Coun Jackie Drayton, Sheffield Council cabinet member for Children, Young People and Families said: “Father’s Day is the perfect day to say thank you to our foster dads in particular but also all our foster carers who do a fantastic job looking after some of Sheffield’s most vulnerable children and young people.

“Their role providing children with a loving and stable home is invaluable and can be a life-changing experience for foster carers as well as young people.

“There is a real shortage of foster carers nationwide and Sheffield is no different. We already have a dedicated team of foster carers in Sheffield but we urgently need more, particularly people who are happy to take care of older children and sibling groups.

“Most people can foster and we offer them support every step of the way. Being a foster carer is a professional vocation with lots of benefits, including generous allowances so people can really invest in building a loving family life for a vulnerable child.”

Anyone can foster, regardless of whether you are single, married, divorced, in a same sex relationship or living with a partner, retired, unemployed or working.

Martin Betts, aged 50, who became a foster carer four years ago after a seven-year army career, said: “Being a dad is the best job in the world and I hope Father’s Day really inspires other men out there like me to consider being a dad and role model to vulnerable children.”