Could you be a hero?

Published Wednesday, 11th November 2015
Launch of fostering campaign
Pictured from the left are: Cllr Gordon Watson, Rotherham Council’s Deputy Leader, foster carer Emma Darby and Ian Thomas, Strategic Director of Children and Young People’s Services.

A new campaign to encourage more Rotherham residents to ‘Be A Hero’ by becoming foster carers has been launched.

The campaign is being led by the Rotherham Fostering Services, which is provided by Rotherham Council.

Cllr Gordon Watson, the Council’s Deputy Leader, said: “Our foster carers provide warm, loving family homes in the heart of the community. They help our children stay close to the things that matter like family, friends and school.” 

Foster carers are currently needed across the borough for all groups with particular demand for carers for sibling groups and children and young people over eight years old.

Cllr Watson said: “We want as many children as possible to be able to experience being raised in a loving home as we know this results in better outcomes for our young people and enables them to reach their full potential.

“I would encourage anyone who is considering becoming a foster carer to get in touch with Rotherham Fostering Services to discuss their options and potential to Be A Hero.”

Foster carer Emma Darby is already a local hero and has helped look after siblings who may otherwise have been separated.

She said: “We were quite shocked to read that, due to the shortage of foster carers, some brothers and sisters are separated. We know that this can only add to the trauma that the children have already been through and we knew we had to help.”

Ian Thomas, Strategic Director of Children and Young People’s Services, added: “We offer a full training package including a strong support network to give all our new foster carers all the help they need as they take on this vitally important work.” 

To support the Be A Hero appeal, an extensive advertising campaign is being launched across the borough featuring current foster carers.

Go to the Rotherham Hero websiteimage