Could you help to change a child’s life on the Isle of Wight by becoming a foster carer? Around 100 foster carers work on the Island to ensure children in care experience the stability and security of a nurturing, loving home.

But more families are needed, so what do you need to take on the role of a foster carer? Debbie Price, Isle of Wight Council’s new service manager for children in care, is keen to encourage Islanders to consider fostering to enable more youngsters who are unable to live with their birth family to remain on the Island.

She said: “Children’s Services would like all children in care in the future to remain on the Island, unless they need to be on the mainland to best meet their needs. We are passionate about supporting children to be able to live within their communities when it isn’t possible for them to live with their own families.”

Some foster carers will care for children in an emergency situation. Others will look after children short-term until the child can return home or move to a permanent placement. Many foster carers provide support on a long-term basis, often for the duration of their childhood. Debbie said: “Foster carers make the biggest difference to children’s lives when they come into care and they are just regular people doing their best, just as they do for their own families.

“The best foster carers are the ones that are enthusiastic, caring and fun. They need to enjoy spending time with children and have the patience to build relationships with children who don’t easily trust adults.” Foster carers train on the Island to prepare and support them in the role, and receive regular supervision. If you are interested call (01983) 823160 or visit www.iwight.com/fostering or follow Isle of Wight Fostering and Adoption on Facebook.

Colin Clarke
Author: Colin Clarke