Mayor asks Walsall residents to consider fostering

Last updated: 12/09/2013 13:14:31

Walsall's Mayor Councillor Mohammed Nazir is encouraging Walsall people to consider giving a looked after child a family home to come to after school by becoming foster carers.

A stable home, a connection to the community, familiar surroundings, supportive family and friends - these are all things that many of us may take for granted, but for children who are looked after by the local authority, these things are often missing from their lives.

A good foster carer can give a child all of these things and a local foster carer can ensure that a child or young person remains close to home, helping them to maintain some stability in their life during an uncertain time. 

In some cases where a child's safety is of concern it may be better that they are looked after somewhere other than Walsall, but in most cases it is better if children and young people can stay near to home, to their friends, their family, go to the same school. 

Children and young people can become looked after for many different reasons and it can be an unsettling experience.  If they are able to stay somewhere familiar and keep their friendships and their other routines, it can make it a less upsetting time. 

The Mayor, Councillor Mohammed Nazir, said: "Walsall is my home and I feel a strong connection to the borough so I fully understand how it could be worrying for a child or young person to be moved from their home to a new place.

"I also know that Walsall has a really strong community spirit and that the people who live here care about one another.

"It can be a huge commitment to foster and it shouldn't be entered into lightly, but I know from personal experience that it can be hugely rewarding.

"My wife and I foster and we have found it to be such a fulfilling experience to share our lives with the children we look after and to give them a loving home.

"If you have ever considered fostering please get in touch with our fostering team or you are more than welcome to come along to any of their information events or contact the team at any time to find out more - you won't regret it."

If you would like to find out more about fostering contact the team by telephone on 0800 923 3706 or by email on fosteringinwalsall@walsall.gov.uk.  You can also have a look at their website www.web-walsall.org.uk/childrens-services/parent/foster-care/ or follow them on Twitter @fosteringwalsal or Facebook www.facebook.com/FosteringInWalsall 

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