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New Year fostering appeal

06 January 2018

​Fostering and Adoption Jersey is launching a New Year appeal for the public to consider doing something amazing in 2018 by becoming foster carers for Jersey’s most vulnerable children.

The New Year often brings with it the need for a new start and positive change. Fostering and Adoption Jersey would like to call out to all Islanders who may be in a position to provide a caring home for local children in need and bring positive change to their lives and those of local children.

In 2018, Fostering and Adoption Jersey will continue to raise awareness of foster care in the community and encourage people to open their hearts and homes to local children in need of love and support.

The Service has a steady demand for foster families and hopes to recruit another 10 foster families in 2018 in order to meet the needs of children who are unable to live with their own families.

Jersey needs more foster cares from all walks of life – married or single, mixed- or same-sex couples, as well as those from different cultural and religious backgrounds. Foster carers leave a lasting positive impression on lives and without them young people would have limited opportunities to reach their potential.

Foster care is challenging but incredibly rewarding; it can help turn children's lives around and establish hope for their future.

Foster carer Pauline Graham was awarded an MBE in 2016 for her commitment to local children, having fostered over 90 children over the past 24 years. When asked about her achievements, Pauline insists that seeing children “get the best out of life” is her greatest reward. It’s hoped more carers like Pauline will respond to the ‘New Year, New You’ campaign and help continue the valuable support given to local children.

Emmy Lindsey, Manager of Fostering and Adoption Jersey said “We are very fortunate in Jersey to have many wonderful foster carers, but there is still a real need for more people to come forward. We want to be able to offer the right placement for all children who come into our care.”

The Fostering and Adoption Team will be holding an information site at the Jersey Library on Saturday 13 and Wednesday 17 January between 10am and 2.30pm to enable interested members of the public to find out more about fostering.

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