Balloon launch to mark the plight of children without foster parents

Launch of fostering fortnight in Rotherham
Launch of fostering fortnight in Rotherham
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COLOURFUL balloons were released to drift across the skies above Rotherham to highlight the plight of children who need foster parents.

Some 103 balloons – each representing a child currently cared for outside the borough because of a lack of foster carers – were released by the Mayor, Coun Rose McNeely.

The event took place to mark Fostering Fortnight, which aims to recruit more carers to give vulnerable youngsters a better start in life.

Coun McNeely said: “It is vital we add to our team of foster carers so more children can be looked after closer to their homes, friends and schools. I’d urge anyone thinking about becoming a carer to get in touch.”

Anyone over 21 can apply, there is no upper age limit, and carers can come from any backgrounds. Applications from single people are welcome.

Rotherham’s Fostering Team will be running drop-in sessions today between 9am and 7pm at Clifton Park Museum, and tomorrow between 10am and 7pm at Parkgate.