Finding homes for at-risk children in Stoke on Trent

30 new foster families for Stoke children.

Home for Good is working with Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s fostering team to find new foster carers for children across the county.

Stoke City Council have close to 1,000 children in care and have faced a 45% rise in children coming into care over the past three years. Children sometimes need to be placed in residential care when this isn’t the best plan for them, because a suitable foster home is unavailable. We believe that, wherever possible, children should be cared for in a family and want to ensure this is always an option. The City Council’s fostering team tell us that they urgently need at least 30 new foster families to care for vulnerable children in the city and the lack of enough carers makes providing for children coming into care so much harder and far more costly.

The current pandemic has only increased the challenge. The pressure of lockdown on families has increased the prevalence of alcohol or substance misuse, domestic violence, and the challenge of mental health issues, meaning increased risk for vulnerable children. The impact of this will be felt in the lives of children entering care for years to come.

We are especially looking for individuals and families who may be able to:

  • help a young person move out of residential care and back into a family setting
  • care for sibling groups so they don’t have to face separation
  • care for vulnerable young parents and their children so they have the best chance of staying together as a family

We believe that church communities across the city can make an incredible difference and we are asking Christians in Stoke on Trent and the surrounding areas to consider whether they could open their home to a vulnerable child through fostering.

Could you foster a vulnerable child?

Complete the form below to explore with Home for Good and the local authority fostering team whether fostering is for you. Alternatively, sign up to one of our online events to find out more.

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