New Facebook pages are the perfect place for anyone in Harborough district making a new year’s resolution to find out more about fostering or adopting.
Leicestershire County Council has launched the sites to bust myths about who can foster and adopt, answer questions and promote events and spread the word.
The pages can be found by searching Facebook for ‘adoption in Leicestershire’ and ‘fostering in Leicestershire. More information is also available at www.spaceforachild.com or by calling 0116 305 0505.
Fostering can involve caring for a child for a few days or longer, offering a short-term home to a mother and baby, supporting a teenager who is leaving care and much more.
Adoption is a lifelong commitment and is about providing a child in care who cannot return home with a permanent and secure family.
Ivan Ould, Leicestershire County Council cabinet member for children and young people, said: “Social media is a great medium for sharing information and spreading the word to potential foster carers and adopters.
“We need more families who can offer our children in care stable and loving homes and I hope the Facebook pages will help anyone who is seeking more information.”
Anyone can be considered - people on their own or in a relationship, working or not working, regardless of their race, religion, sexual orientation or financial situation - and time is spent matching children to families who can meet their needs.
The council launched a recruitment drive earlier this year to find an extra 40 foster carers and 50 adopters following a 25 per cent rise in the number of children in care over the past two years.