A range of stars offered their support of Foster Care Fortnight™ 2017. Read their messages of support here.
Jacqueline Wilson, author and long-term supporter of The Fostering Network said:
'Having spent so much time writing about looked after children, I am very aware of the vital role that foster carers play in transforming the lives of thousands of fostered children and young people – they are real life examples of my character Cam Lawson who is so influential in Tracy Beaker’s life. That’s why I am so proud to support fostering and why I would urge anyone who is considering becoming a foster carer to get in touch with the local fostering service this Foster Care Fortnight.'
Journalist, care leaver and The Fostering Network ambassador, Ashley John-Baptiste said:
'As a kid I was fostered and although I was moved between homes, some of those foster parents cared for me with the strongest passion and attention. It’s thanks to those carers in part that I am flourishing today. It’s because of them that I am proud to support fostering.'
Lydia Bright, England Government fostering ambassador and star of The Only Way is Essex, has shown her support for Foster Care Fortnight:
'I am so very proud to be part of a truly magical foster family. My parents became foster carers when I was only 13 months old, so I don't know any different. However I was always aware that our family was special. I honestly count myself very lucky and would encourage everyone to consider fostering, give a child a much needed second chance.'
Debbie Douglas, foster carer, England Government fostering ambassador and star of The Only Way is Essex, has shown her support for Foster Care Fortnight:
'Fostering is not for all people and definitely not for the faint hearted! But for me I can honestly not think of anything else in my life I'd rather be than a foster mum. Thrown into a world I knew little about, purely by accident, after 24 years of working along social services and after fostering over two hundred children, I still learn something new every day and there truly aren't many paths in life that can do that.'
Singer-songwriter Lucy Spraggan and her wife Georgina Gordon are newly-approved foster carers. They said:
'The experiences we've had so far have been great. We've been offering respite for other foster carers and have met some awesome young people and carers. Each child brings a new experience and we have already learnt so much; we're so excited to continue our fostering adventure and look at more short term placements!'
Best-selling author and ex-member of the SAS, Andy McNab, said:
‘I know from personal experience that foster care transforms lives. Giving children and young people a loving, stable home in which they can grow and develop interests and skills is an invaluable gift that foster carers can provide. Not everyone can join the SAS like I did, but being a foster carer is another way to serve society - and I would urge anyone who thinks they might have the right skills and experience to care for a child to get in touch with their fostering service. It could be the start of a great adventure.’
Presenter and long-term supporter of Foster Care Fortnight, Gabby Logan, said:
‘Every 20 minutes another child comes into care in need of a foster family. Foster carers offer these children a loving, secure and stable home for as long as they need it – and it’s this love and security that can help transform children’s lives. Thousands more foster families are needed every year, and that’s why I’m proud to be supporting this year’s Foster Care Fortnight as it raises awareness of the amazing work foster carers do as well as the need for more people to come forward to foster. If you think you have the skills to transform a young person’s life please contact your local fostering service today.’
Best selling author and foster carer Cathy Glass said:
'Foster care changes lives for the better. I am proud to foster and this Foster Care Fortnight would encourage you to think about fostering too.'
The cast of The Only Way is Essex