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Weekly Edition - Published 15 August 2015


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FCA appeals for new carers in Liverpool to find room to foster

Lola Thomas from Liverpool who found room to foster in her life with FCA.

THE UK's leading independent fostering agency has launched a new recruitment campaign to address the shortage of foster carers in Liverpool.  Called:- 'Finding Room to Foster' the campaign draws on the moments when carers from Foster Care Associates (FCA) in the region found that unique time in their life to make the important decision to foster; making room both emotionally and physically in their home.

FCA, which has a regional office on Carsdale Road, has many carers in the region who have made room in their lives, including single carer Lola Thomas who lives in Liverpool. She became a foster carer after her partner's untimely death. Commenting she said:- "I'd cared for my partner though terminal cancer for 2 years, and after his death I wanted to give something back as my grown up daughter had also left home.  I had previously worked in the region's business community sitting as a director both on the Prince's Trust and Liverpool Chamber of Commerce. I've also invested in and opened a children's home, homes as well as being a college principal teaching secretarial skills. It doesn't matter what background you're from you can transfer many of the skills you've gained through your working career to fostering.  I specialise in fostering troubled teenagers, and also young mothers with their babies. Yes it can be a challenge but as a single carer I seem to have a natural rapport with them; it's important to identify what age would work with your background, family and home setup.  Fostering has been the most rewarding journey for me in my twilight years, and the 24 hour support I'm able to access from the fostering agency has really put me at ease."

Debbie Smith, operations manager for FCA North West, said:- "We've been working with children and young people for 21 years and our experience shows that one-to-one support in a family setting is the best way to help these children achieve stability and positive outcomes. Our team of social care professionals work closely with our foster carers to deliver intensive, holistic support tailored to the individual needs of each young person and carer.  We have the best foster carers across the North West and hope our 'Finding Room to Foster' campaign will encourage more people in the region to make room in their life and seriously consider becoming a foster carer."

FCA provides ongoing comprehensive support to all foster carers including training, a generous financial allowance, access to carer support groups and organised family activities; all contributing factors as to why FCA placements are 22% more stable than the national average.

For more information on becoming a foster carer with FCA call:- 0800 022 4012 or visit:- TheFCA.Co.UK.


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