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Sponsored: Preston fostering and adoption agency Caritas calls for brothers and sisters to be kept together

Posted on - 2nd March, 2024 - 8:00am | Author - | Posted in - Preston News, Sponsored Features

Local Fostering Agency and Charity, Caritas Care is appealing for individuals and families living in the
Preston area to consider fostering brothers and sisters.

Unfortunately, it has been estimated that 37% of children are separated from their brothers and
sisters when they are placed in care. This also comes at a time when there is a national shortage of
foster carers. In the North West alone, there is a need for 850 more foster carers, the second highest
region in the country.

Rebecca Hughes, Fostering Services Manager said, “It is vitally important that we do everything we
can to ensure these children can maintain their sibling relationships by finding foster families who
can provide a loving home and keep them together; this might be short or long term.

“Siblings are co-authors of their childhood memories, they know each other, and have been there
throughout their short lives’ ups and downs. They have shared moments of fun and have comforted
each other through moments of great sadness and disruption in their lives. They simply aren’t who
they are without each other!”

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Caritas Care is committed to ensuring that brother and sister units have the opportunity to stay
together wherever possible. By recruiting more foster carers who are willing to consider caring for a
sibling group, they believe they can make a difference to these children’s and young peoples’
futures.

Gaynor, Foster Carer to two sisters said, “Our two girls have changed our lives for the better. It’s a
privilege to provide them with a home together, where they feel safe, secure and wanted.”
“It does have its ups and downs, and it’s hard work sometimes – but that could be said for any
family! It’s not always an easy ride, but it’s 10 times harder for the children involved who have
already been through so much at such an early age.”

Rebecca added, “We are looking for more individuals and families like Gaynor’s who are willing to
provide a home in a safe and nurturing environment where siblings can remain together, grow and
thrive.”

Fostering siblings is a rewarding experience that offers the chance to make a lifelong impact on the
lives of children in need. As a foster carer with Caritas Care, you will receive comprehensive training,
ongoing support, and a generous fostering allowance. You will also have the satisfaction of knowing
that you are helping to keep brothers and sisters together and giving them the chance to build a
brighter future.

Do you have room in your heart and in your home to foster siblings? Call the team at Caritas Care
on 0800 652 6955 or attend one of their online information events with information found on the Caritas website.

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