The children of foster families, who welcome foster children into their homes alongside their parents, are being celebrated as part of Sons and Daughters Month.
The month is organised by The Fostering Network, the UK’s leading fostering charity, and is used to acknowledge the fantastic role foster carer’s children play in fostering, and the vital contribution they make towards the wellbeing of fostered children.
As part of Sons and Daughters Month, Durham County Council is writing to nearly 150 children to thank them for their role in fostering.
The thank you card comes with a letter from Chris Bell, the council’s adoption and fostering operations manager.
Chris comes from a family who fostered children when he was growing up, so speaks from his own experiences in his letter. Chris said: “Having grown up as part of a foster carer family I understand both some of the challenges but also the wonderful rewards that come from being part of a foster carer family.
“In our county we know that on average one new child every day requires a foster placement, and we would like to attract at least 40 families to ensure that we can achieve the best match for young people and families of children who require permanent homes.
“For anyone thinking about fostering I would encourage them to come and talk to us and hear about all the rewards and benefits that fostering can bring, not just for them but for their families as well.”
The fostering service provides a fun information session to help prepare carer’s children for their family becoming foster carers. They also provide annual parties for events such as Halloween and Christmas.