The Northern Trust and Regional Adoption and Fostering Team have officially launched Foster Care Fortnight with an event to thank and pamper foster carers at Tullyglass House Hotel, Ballymena.
The event was organised to recognise the valuable service foster carers provide, whether they are offering respite, mother or baby placements, emergency, short or long term care.
The pampering morning involved foster carers from across the Northern Trust area receiving free hair styling and manicures from the Hair and Beauty Academy. Helen Allen from ‘House of Colour’ will also be holding a workshop on colour analysis and skincare.
Ellen Petticrew, Senior Social Worker, Specialist Fostering Team for the Northern Trust, said: “Foster carers deserve a day for us all to express our gratitude for the wonderful job that they do. Only recently one of our foster carers received a letter from a birth mother saying simply that the support they gave her ‘saved her life’. This shows the invaluable contribution foster carers make to children and families.
The theme for this year for Foster Care Fortnight is “Guess who fosters?” to raise awareness of the range of people who can offer their support. People may apply to foster whether they are married / co habiting or single, own or rent their home, work or are receiving benefits, or if they have children of their own.
Health and Social Care foster carers receive financial allowances, ongoing training and 24 hour social work support. The Northern Trust offers fee paid schemes to foster carers of £13,000 and £18,000
If you are interested in becoming a carer contact us on 0300 123 1155 or at www.adoptionandfostering.hscni.net