Milton Keynes Council highlights the need for local foster carers

During the past two weeks, the council has been running a range of online activities and events to celebrate Foster Care Fortnight, which intends to highlight the incredible contribution of local foster carers.

At a special event earlier this week (19/05), several awards were presented for long service and for those foster carers who have been nominated for going above and beyond. In total, 18 awards were presented at the garden ceremony outside MK Museum.

Cllr Zoe Nolan, Cabinet Member for Children and Families, explained the importance of the recent event as she said: "We’re really passionate about finding more foster carers locally.  We know that local children fostered outside Milton Keynes will face additional challenges by being away from familiar schools and existing friendship groups.

"Fostering is exciting, challenging and hugely rewarding.  We want to hear from anyone who is interested in supporting a child or young person in Milton Keynes.  Our fostering team would be happy to discuss what we offer our carers and how fostering can fit your lifestyle.  If you think fostering may be for you, please do give us a call."

"We are so proud of the support that our foster carers provide to children and young people.  Everyone deserves to grow up in a loving and caring environment and we’ve seen the massive impact that our carers have on young people’s lives"

Across Milton Keynes, there are 95 fostering families, but the council is actively looking for more carers.  There are currently over 100 children placed with external foster families including sibling groups and older children. 

If you want to know more about fostering and would like an informal chat with the fostering team, please call 08000 356 671 or click here for more information.