A spokesperson for Lets Foster commented:

Let’s Foster is delighted to announce their new partnership with Blackburn Hawks for the new 22/23 season.
Over the coming season we are looking forward to work alongside the Hawks to support the team and look for people and families who would be interested in helping us look after the most vulnerable children in our area.
As a Council, it’s our job to make sure children are healthy, safe and happy. Moving children and young people from their family and home environment can be distressing and they may not fully understand why it is happening. We do our best to match their needs with foster carers’ skills and experience from the start so that we can give them as much stability as possible and avoid the need for them to have multiple placements. This means we need a large and varied pool of foster carers to choose from to make the best match possible for each child/young person.

There are many different types of fostering, from providing part-time respite care to full-time fostering arrangements.
Jayne Ivory, Director of Children’s Services said, “There’s a lot of myths around fostering – some people assume they need experience of parenting or caring for vulnerable children, have to be married or own their own home – none of which is true,” she added.
“What’s important is not age, but the ability to provide love, stability and security, as well as having a strong motivation to foster.”
There’s a need for all types of foster carers – particularly for teenagers, sibling groups and disabled children.
“We need to recruit an extra 20 foster carers over the next twelve months,” added Jayne.
“Foster carers have the capacity to help children who have had a bad start in life overcome their early life traumas, and as such they help improve children’s outcomes in the most significant way.”
There are many different types of fostering, including long-term fostering until a child is 21.
Others may prefer the idea of shorter-term care, including short-breaks care, emergency care (where you might get a call in the middle of the night because of a home alone situation) or short-term care (where a single parent might need to go into hospital or someone might be waiting to be adopted).
You can also specialise, for example in neonatal care, children with disabilities or mother and baby placements.
Approved foster carers receive a generous allowance, full training package and ongoing support is provided with a strong foster carer network to share experiences with.
If you are interested in finding out more, informal information evenings are held every 3rd Tuesday of the month from 5.30pm – 7pm at Blackburn Sport and Leisure Centre.
Let’s Foster is Proud to Support Blackburn Hawks

Carl Everitt, Co-Owner, Blackburn Hawks IHC commented on the partnership:

‘When we were contacted by Mike and the Fostering Services Department around a partnership to support the Hawks and also promote the fantastic work that both the Foster Families and BwD Council do in the area, it was an obvious choice.

As a community club, I’ve never understood why we haven’t appeared to have worked collaboratively with our local authority in the past, therefore we are proud to have started this relationship and hope that we can work with Mike and the Fostering Services team to help encourage more people to help and support children with essential Fostering Services that is needed now more than ever.

We talk about being #TogetherStronger as a club and there is no better time for us to come together as a community and support each other in anyway we can.

I would like to thank Mike and BwD Council for their support and hope that together. we can #BeTheDifference we hope to see in the future’

Blackburn Hawks