Campaign launched to recruit mother and baby foster carers in Blackpool


Posted on Wednesday 11th August 2021

Mum with long hair holding baby

Becoming a new parent can be an exciting but overwhelming time, especially for those who are inexperienced or have other things happening in their life which means they need extra support.

This is where foster carers come in. The council’s fostering service is looking for a diverse range of fostering families who can provide a safe and supportive environment for a vulnerable mother and baby.

Mother and baby fostering allows foster carers to make a real difference to parents and their child and keep families together.

Foster carers provide a safe place for a new parent to take their first steps, often using the knowledge that they have acquired as a parent or carer to help the mother develop the valuable skills they need to care for their baby.

This special type of fostering is typically offered to young parents who are struggling, making it a nurturing and supportive role. Foster carers act as a positive role model and help a new parent establish a healthy routine and a happy bond with their baby.

The length of time a foster carer is needed to support a mother and her baby can vary from 20 weeks to a longer period of time.

Mother and baby fostering is considered as a specialist role which is why foster carers receive a generous weekly allowance of up to £750 to acknowledge the commitment required to this crucial role.

Foster carers are supported financially, professionally and emotionally, and are allocated a dedicated supervising social worker.

Mother and baby foster carers receive extensive training and a full package of support from Blackpool Council with regular carer groups, peer mentors for new carers and an out of hours advice line.

They are also expected to stay in close contact with a supervising social worker and contribute to reviews and meetings to report on the progress the mother is making. The aim is to keep the mother and baby together long-term so they can eventually live independently.

Cllr Jim Hobson, Blackpool Council Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said:

“Our aim is to keep families together where possible which is why we are asking people to come forward and consider becoming a mother and baby foster carer.

“If you have parenting experience to share then your experiences and skills mean that you’ll be able to make a real difference to help support new families.

“As a small town, our family of foster carers benefit from a sense of community. Why not consider our team of foster carers and feel part of a supportive and thriving network of carers?

“If you think that you could help make a difference to the lives of a new mum and baby, please get in touch with us.”

A series of free drop-in events for people thinking about fostering are taking place throughout the next few months at Blackpool Sports Centre and Parks Art Deco Café in Stanley Park.

The informal events provide potential foster carers with the opportunity to find out everything they need to know, including the chance to ask foster carers as well as the fostering recruitment team any questions they may have.

The next event will take place on Thursday 12 August at Blackpool Sports Centre from 5-7pm.

For more information, visit www.blackpoolfostering.com or call 01253 420222.


Posted on Wednesday 11th August 2021

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