Could you change a child's life, like foster mum Carole?
(Published on 30/05/2018)
For local mum Carole Hill, it’s hard to remember a time without foster children – or imagine life without fostering.
“I have looked after many children over the years, older children and teenagers”, she says. “The shortest placement was one night and the longest was more than 10 years!
“For some of these children, nobody has ever tried. You can’t change their past but you might be able to change their future. We have some great days and some that are not so great – but we always end up laughing!”
There’s always a need for more people to come forward, and during Foster Care Fortnight (14 – 27 May) the council would particularly like to hear from anyone considering fostering older children and teenagers – who make up more than half of all children in care in Oxfordshire.
The council also needs carers who can foster siblings and people with the skills to support disabled children or who could give a child a place to call home long-term.
For more information on fostering please see the Oxfordshire County Council website.