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Be a foster carer for the weekend

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: March 23, 2012

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POTENTIAL foster carers in Stafford are being sought to help provide weekend breaks for disabled children.

Staffordshire County Council has started a recruitment drive to find more people who would be willing to spend time with disabled children, helping them to make new friends, try new activities and just have fun.

It also gives their parents the chance for a much-needed break.

The Staffordshire Fostering Service is looking for more people to consider becoming a foster carer to support disabled children in their home for just a few nights a month.

It provides a lifeline to many families who are struggling to cope with the day-to-day challenges of caring for a disabled child.

It also gives people a chance to find out if fostering on a more long-term or permanent basis is for them.

Mike Lawrence, cabinet member for children’s wellbeing said: “Foster parents who look after disabled children at weekends play an incredibly important role in our community.

“They not only provide young people with new experiences, they also offer a real lifeline to parents and siblings.

“Caring for a child with disabilities 24/7 can put a lot of pressure on families which is why respite weekends are so vital.

“The people who give up their time to support families and children really are unsung heroes and we are lucky to have so many already volunteering in Staffordshire.

By dedicating just one weekend a month, people can make an amazing difference to the lives of disabled children and their families.”

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