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Get creative and help children in care
23 May 2012
Action for Children is calling on people across the UK to get
creative and show their support for some of the most vulnerable
children and young people in the country.
A series of events is being held across the country, where
locals will be asked to help draw a giant canvas representing the
shortage of nearly 9,000 foster carers across the UK. These events
are part of a Foster Care Fortnight campaign designed to highlight
the ongoing crisis in the care system, and the urgent need for
people to come forward to foster some of the most vulnerable and
neglected children who cannot stay with their birth
Fiona Steel, group manager at Action for Children Scotland,
said: 'This event is a really great way to get budding artistsfrom
all walks of life involved in a very important campaign. People of
all ages can help us make our masterpiece look brilliant and raise
awareness that the need for foster carers has never been more
Participants in the draw-off will be able to fill in picture
frames on a giant canvas with images of the 8,750 foster families
currently needed throughout the UK. The final masterpiece will
bring together canvases from across the country on 28 May to Action
for Children's head office.
Action for Children hopes the event will also get people
thinking about becoming foster carers. Fiona Steel continues: "So
many people have the skills and qualities to be amazing foster
carers. We make sure they receive extensive training and ongoing
support to meet the needs of the children and young people they
foster. They will also be recognised as professional carers and
receive a salary. It's a great way to help turn a child's life
Margaret Surgeon, a foster carer with Action for Children, said:
"We thought about fostering for a long time and we are so glad we
contacted Action for Children. The support and training has been
excellent and the staff are welcoming and professional. We have
cared, nutured and supported a young girl on the Autistic Spectrum
for the past 6 yrs. There have been many challenges along the
way, however with our help and support she is developing into a
mature young lady. To see her reach milestones is so
rewarding for us.
"It's a really positive career and all you have to do is pick up
the phone. Action for Children really value the work you do and
it's great to be involved with such a special organisation.
I'd say to anyone - just look into foster care and find out more.
Action for Children will help all the way."
To find out more about Action for Children's fostering services
please call 0845 200 5162 or visit Action for Children's website www.actionforchildren.org.uk/fostering