07 Dec Change the life of a Southend Teenager
This year it is estimated that 1,020 new foster families are needed across the South East to ensure every young person in care can have a safe, loving home.
Children’s charity St Christopher’s Fellowship would love more people in the Southend community to take on this rewarding role and make a difference to a young person’s life. The charity provides foster homes across Southend and the rest of Essex for young people who cannot live with their own families.
In 2020, St Christopher’s is celebrating its 150th birthday. They would love more potential foster carers to step forward in this special year and join their legacy of creating brighter futures for children and young people.
Young people come into care through no fault of their own and for many reasons. The average age of young person supported by St Christopher’s is 14, so they come to the charity at a pivotal time in their development. Once with a St Christopher’s foster family they are supported to achieve their dreams, grow in self-confidence and enjoy a happy childhood – all of the things that most people take for granted.
Lots of people rule themselves out of fostering without realising that they can do it. Your marital status, sexuality and age are not barriers to becoming a foster carer.
Instead, you need a spare bedroom and some experience with children and young people, whether this is through raising your own family or through your career. It is also important to think about your capacity to travel as you don’t necessarily need a driving licence, but you will need to attend appointments with your young person’s school and social worker.
Foster carers always praise the rewarding nature of their role, but they have extra support from St Christopher’s to help them with any challenges or questions. St Christopher’s offers round-the-clock support and comprehensive training so that they can offer life-changing care and support to the young people they are looking after. It is a small team working across the Essex region, so carers get to know all the staff and other foster families.
To find out more about becoming a foster carer, visit stchris.org.uk/fostering or have a chat with the team on 0800 234 6282.