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Help transform a child’s life this Foster Care Fortnight

Foster Care Fortnight (8 to 21 May) is a national campaign that highlights the need for more foster carers to come forward.

Foster carers make a lasting difference to the lives of local children. During Foster Care Fortnight, we celebrate local foster carers, such as Tsega Habte.

Tsega, who has been a Camden foster carer for two years, said: “I enjoy looking after children and, as mine grew up, I had the time, space and energy to look after other children who needed a secure and loving home. I think it’s important to grow up in a family environment and I want to give vulnerable children the love and support they need to flourish.

"I get a lot of support from my children who still live at home, from my supervising social worker in Camden’s fostering team and a lot of useful training from the department."

Foster care doesn't just transform the lives of children and young people - it also enhances the lives of foster carers and their families. If you want to become a Camden foster carer:

  • you don’t need to own your home
  • you can be single, married or in a civil partnership
  • you’ll receive ongoing training and support – including a dedicated supervising social worker.

We pay our foster carers a weekly allowance for each child or young person placed with them, plus a generous weekly fee for the foster carer. And, if you live in the borough of Camden, you are exempt from paying council tax.

Cllr Angela Mason CBE, Cabinet Member for Children
“Looking after a child takes real energy and a warm heart. Camden foster carers go above and beyond to give children and young people a safe and secure home, making a big difference to their lives. We need to recruit more foster carers who can help bring a sense of family and belonging to vulnerable children and young people, so please contact our fostering team today or come to one of our monthly information evenings."
Cllr Angela Mason CBE, Cabinet Member for Children

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