BARNSLEY Council is supporting Foster Care Fortnight 2024 with information sessions and a walk.

The campaign, which runs from next Monday until May 26, aims to raise the profile of fostering and show how foster care transforms lives.

The theme this year is #FosteringMoments, celebrating the moments that define fostering journeys, big and small, for foster carers and their families.

The moments that built confidence, made young people feel safe and created memories.  

On Friday, May 17, the fostering team and foster carers are coming together to take part in the annual Fostering Network’s Foster Walk. 

The walk, around Worsbrough Mill and reservoir, will raise awareness of the vital work that they do every day for the children of Barnsley. If you’ve ever considered fostering, you are welcome to go along and join in. You can have a casual chat with one of the friendly fostering team members to learn more about the fostering process. Meet in the car park at 10am.

Coun Trevor Cave, Cabinet Spokesperson for Children’s Services, said: “Foster care is at the heart of our community, and we’re proud of our wonderful foster carers and staff who keep children near the people and places they know and love.  Behind every successful foster child is a loving foster parent who believed in their potential. Every fostering journey has its special moments - whether it's a milestone achievement, a simple victory, or a quiet moment of reflection. This Fostering Fortnight is a great way for our carers to share their #FosteringMoments.

Join our supportive community of caring individuals and change a child's life for the better. Start your fostering journey now - there’s high-level support and training available, and you can rely on our team to support you through every step of the way."   

To learn more about being a Barnsley foster carer, you can:

Visit Barnsley Council  fostering webpage 

Call  01226 775876  

Chat with the friendly fostering team at an information session:  

Monday, May 13, 5.30pm to 6.30pm, Hoyland Library

Wednesday, May 15, 10am to 2pm, Cannon Hall park and gardens (in front of the Pavilion Cafe)

Saturday, May 18, 10am to 2pm, Barnsley Market.

Tuesday, May 21, 5.30pm to 7.30pm, Barnsley Football Club Hospitality Suite