Fostering agency appeals for people to consider fostering teenagers in Blackpool
With the highest need for foster homes for children aged 13, Blackpool faces the reality that many young people continue to need a safe and stable home environment. Caritas Care urgently needs people who would consider stepping forward and make a life-changing difference at a time when young people are going through physical and emotional changes in their lives.
Rebecca Hughes, Caritas Care’s Fostering Team Manager said: “Teenagers in foster care can often find themselves at a crossroads, dealing with the challenges of adolescence without the guidance and support they need. What they need is stability, love, and the chance to reach their full potential as they mature into adulthood. By opening your doors to these young people, you could be providing them with an opportunity to grow, achieve and discover what they can be really capable of.”
Having the opportunity of a stable home environment can make all the difference in a teenager's life. Foster Carers can provide the family structure and encouragement that they need to help them to flourish. By providing support, guidance and direction, foster carers can play a positive role with life challenges such as school, friendships, and giving the hope of a brighter future.
While fostering teenagers can come with some challenges, the rewards are endless. Watching a young person grow in confidence, improve and achieve their goals at school and chosen activities, become part of a loving family can be unbelievably fulfilling.
Rebecca added: “Most teenagers need a foster home for the same reasons as younger children. They have not experienced the parenting they require and are in need of the stability, consistent care and support that foster carers can provide. At Caritas Care, over half of the children currently living in our fostering families are over 13 and they are all uniquely fabulous, with their own sets of talents and strengths. Funny, caring and resilient are often words foster carers use to describe the teenagers they care for.”
Caritas Care believes that every teenager deserves a chance to thrive in a loving, caring and supportive family. By opening your home and heart, you can provide them with the tools they need to overcome the challenges they may face and create a brighter future. You can work with them to create better life chances, choices and opportunities to teenagers right here in the North West.
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You could be the one to offer a teenager the care, security and sense of belonging they need but the million-dollar question is … do you think you could open your heart and your home to caring for a teenager?
Caritas Care is holding an online fostering information event on January 25. Find out more here
You can also get in touch with the team at Caritas Care for an informal discussion; they say no question is a silly one and look forward to hearing from you.
For more details email [email protected] or phone 0800 652 6955.More information is available online at Caritas Care