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Stoke-on-Trent City Council is urging its residents to think about emergency fostering as over 900 children are currently in care across the city.

The city council is looking for people who have weekends or spare evenings free and want to make a difference to a child’s life.

Emergency foster placements are needed when children and young people need to be placed in emergency foster care, particularly when there's an immediate risk of harm at home. This can be where a child comes into care late in the evening or over the weekend. Emergency fostering is usually for just a night or two but can be for a little while longer.

Maggie Young who has been an emergency foster carer for Stoke-on-Trent City Council for one year said: “I have always been interested in fostering and wanted to give something back, however I am single and work full-time so emergency fostering suits my lifestyle best. By being an emergency foster carer, I am able to provide a child with a safe and loving home for a night or two whilst a social worker finds them a suitable placement.”

No matter how often a person can foster - emergencies only, short term or weekends, foster carers are immensely needed. The service is aspiring to recruit up to 36 new foster carers in 2022, but would welcome many more.

Councillor Dave Evans, cabinet member for children and young people said: “We are incredibly lucky in Stoke-on-Trent to have so many extraordinary people fostering for us, supporting children and other carers across our city. There are no words that do them justice, and I am in awe of everything they do for young people. But we need more, the difference you can make to our young people cannot be overstated: you can change a life. As a foster carer, you will have an opportunity to make a positive difference to the lives of children. We will provide you with all the support needed to build a brighter future for children and young people across Stoke-on-Trent.”

If you would like to know more about becoming a foster carer in Stoke-on-Trent call 01782 234555. 

The fostering team have some events taking place in March to give people an insight into being a foster carer, including:

  • Informal drop-in sessions at Starbucks, Wolstanton on Tuesday 15 March, 6:30pm to 8pm and at Starbucks, Smallthorne on Thursday 24 March, 10am to 11:30am.
  • Facebook Live chat on emergency foster carers on the city council’s Facebook page on Monday 14 March at 10:30am with Councillor Dave Evans, cabinet member for children and young people, and Kate Bailey, the council’s fostering service manager.
Starbucks Smallthorne 10:00 - 11:30 Starbucks Wolstanton 18:30 - 20:00
Tuesday 18th January 2022 Thursday 13th January 2022
Wednesday 16th Februay 2022 Wednesday 9th February 2022
Thursday 24th March 2022 Tuesday 15th March 2022
Friday 8th April 2022 Monday 25th April 2022
Monday 23rd May 2022 Thursday 12th May 2022
Tuesday 21st June 2022 Wednesday 15th June 2022

Help change a life this Christmas by fostering a child in need of a loving home.

No matter how often you can foster - short term, weekends or emergencies only, we need you. We just ask that you have a spare bedroom and lots of love in your heart.

Help us keep our children in the city.

Local organisations Stoke City FC and bet365 have joined Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s Fostering Friendly ethos by becoming Fostering Friendly.

The two organisations, which combined employ over 4000 staff, have implemented a fostering friendly HR policy and have been awarded the status by the Fostering Network. The Potters are the first professional football club in England that the Fostering Network has recognised as foster friendly.

A fostering friendly employer is an organisation or business that helps employees who are foster carers or who want to become foster carers. Members of the scheme agree to put in place a fostering friendly HR policy for all foster carers in their employment. Help could include having policies that offer foster carers flexible working or paid time off for child care training, fostering-related meetings, or settling a new child into their home.

Chief Executive Tony Scholes said: “We understand the vital role that foster carers play in the lives of children and young people, many of whom will be some of the most vulnerable members of our community.

“We are delighted to have joined the Foster Friendly initiative with bet365 and look forward to helping foster carers, as well as potential foster carers, among our staff to fulfil such a rewarding and important role in society.”

Bob Munro, Group Chief Human Resources Officer for bet365, commented: “We are delighted as a Group to be supporting this vitally important initiative, which further cements our commitment to the community within which we operate”.

Alongside this Stoke City FC have pledged to support the fostering service in the city by offering traineeships and job opportunities to both looked after children and foster carers birth children in the city.

Councillor Abi Brown, leader of the city council said: “We’re proud to be a Fostering Friendly council and are thrilled that Stoke City FC and bet365 have now joined the initiative. Last year Unitas joined the scheme, so it is great another two organisations based in the city have come on-board. We hope that this will motivate other local organisations to join our Fostering Friendly ethos.”

Councillor Dave Evans, cabinet member for children and young people said: “Fostering requires a high level of commitment; therefore employers offering the carers among its staff greater flexibility and time off to support them on their foster carer journey for Stoke-on-Trent City Council, is fantastic. Foster carers play a vital role and it's important that employers give them the assistance they need.”

Adam Walker, a foster carer for Stoke-on-Trent City Council and a lifelong Stoke City FC supporter said: “I have been a supporter of Stoke City FC since I was a young lad so it’s great to see them working in partnership with the city council on fostering.

“We became foster carers in February this year and haven’t looked back since! Our children are now grown-up so we decided it was the right time in our lives to take on this new journey and make a positive impact. I resigned from my fulltime role working for the NHS to commit completely and so far fostering has been nothing but rewarding. The fostering team have been great and supportive.”

A forever unbreakable love

A poem by Issy

We may not technically be related
At least, not by blood
But we can become closer than anyone
Closer than anyone could

I will never forget the first time it happened
That tiny little angel, 
looking up at me,
an empty void of nothingness
And I knew in an instant,
that I was going to fo everything in my power
To giver her all the love, and the hope, and the happiness that she hadn't been given
To give her the future that she deserved

Waves of emotions hit me
Deep pools of sorrow,
happiness, empathy, anger
But most importantly... love

The love for a child that,
you have never met before
Never even seen before
But and unbreakable love
One that will change their life,their perspectives, their changes, their future

That's a power I never thought I could have at such a young age
An ability I would never give up in a million years
And a gift that I am grateful for each and every day of my life

Of course, it is heart-breaking at the end of the journey
But it is overpowered with the most rewarding feeling in the world
That without you, they would never have experienced the true meaning
Of home, of family, of happiness
Of a forever unbreakable love

image illustrating key points in the fostering journey, meet the team, check eligibility and applyUnderstand fostering and introduce yourself to the team Meet the team and complete the assessment Work with us as we find the right placement for you Your fostering journey has just begun