Business People Turn To Fostering Spending Cuts Deepen
Monday, 15 November 2010
A Bolton foster agency has seen an increase in the number of business people turning to fostering as redundancies and spending cuts hit Greater Manchester.
But they fear that prolonged cuts in public spending could still worsen the current foster care crisis by forcing more children into care.
Gareth Walton, head of fostering services at modus, said: "Recent spates of redundancies and uncertainty in many sectors have meant that more people have been coming to us looking at fostering as a new career path.
"It's great to be getting more calls through to modus, and it's refreshing to see people looking for a positive new challenge as a way out of their current uncertainty.
"But, unfortunately, the current economic situation means that more children than ever need a loving foster home and we desperately need more potential parents to come forward.
"We need those calls now more than ever if we are to help some of the young people in this region who so desperately need a stable, loving environment in which to flourish."
It is estimated that there is currently a shortage of around 1,700 foster families in the North West alone.
Parents receive a salary and can work towards professional qualifications while modus also works hard to match children in need of placements to the most suitable parents available - ensuring the greatest chance of a long-term, settled placement.
Gareth added: "Of course, the application process is stringent, and so all our foster parents are special, but my message is that if you have ever considered fostering, then we would love to hear from you.
"As the New Year approaches many people take a step back to evaluate, and with many feeling unsure about the future of their businesses, it could be the perfect time for a lifestyle change.
"I can assure anyone even considering fostering, being a foster parent isn't easy - but it's one of the most rewarding challenges anyone can ever set themselves."
For more information about becoming a foster parent anywhere in the North West, contact Gareth Walton on 01204 399514.
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