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27th Sep, 2021

Solihull foster parents call on others to help care for borough's vulnerable children

Sarah Mason 11th May, 2021 Updated: 12th May, 2021

A SOLIHULL couple who have been fostering for 40 years are encouraging others to help care for children and young people in need in Solihull.

Jean and Ken have welcomed many of the borough’s looked after children into their Hampton in Arden home and family.

The 71-year-old who describes herself as young at heart, is calling on anyone who feels they can help foster to make an enquiry as part of Foster Care Fortnight which runs until May 23.

Every year the Foster Care Fortnight campaign aims to celebrate the fostering community and raise awareness about how fostering transforms people’s lives and Solihull Council has a shining example of someone who has done just that.

Jean said: “Fostering in our experience has meant we have been able to make a difference to so many children, young people and families.

“We have worked with Solihull Council as part of a team to enable the best outcomes and have experienced many rewards and challenges along the way.

“It would be wrong to paint a rosy picture but the fact that we are still fostering and making a difference 40 years after being approved is testament to our love of the role and the great satisfaction that it gives myself and my family.

“Covid has had a huge impact on our lives and we have all had to think and work differently. One thing that has not changed however, is the need for foster carers to care for vulnerable children and young people.”

Over the years Jean has received training from Solihull Council’s fostering team which she says helped enormously as there has always been someone to provide guidance and reassurance – day or night.

For more or to enquire about becoming a foster carer contact Solihull Council’s fostering team on 0121 788 4253 or visit www.solihull.gov.uk/fostering

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