North East Lincolnshire’s newly elected Mayor, Councillor Steve Beasant, has told how he left “in awe” after meeting some of the area’s silent superheroes – foster carers.
The Mayor hosted a number of foster carers from across North East Lincolnshire for afternoon tea at Grimsby Town Hall, part of celebrations to mark Fostering Fortnight.
Cllr Steve Beasant, who was elected as Mayor on Thursday 19 May 2022, and Mayoress, Mrs Carol Beasant, met foster carers and heard about their experiences caring for some of the area’s most vulnerable children.
“It really is a calling. I’ve heard today so many wonderful stories and experiences. These are incredible, caring people who have become foster carers because they have lots of love to give and they have a genuine interest in making the lives of children better.
“Some of them here today have been foster carers for over twenty years, caring for lots of different children in that time, many of whom have gone on to lead successful lives and have children of their own.
“Without the support of our foster carers, a lot of children might never have had the same lives that they enjoy now.
“I’m in awe of them all. They’re superheroes. They really are. And we need more. I would urge anyone considering foster caring to get in touch with the Council’s team to find out more. From speaking to some of our foster carers today, it is clear that it’s such a rewarding responsibility.
“I’d like to thank the Council’s fostering team and all of the foster carers that came along today. It was a real privilege to be able to share the afternoon with them.”
Fostering is when someone cares for a child to give them a safe and loving home temporarily. This is usually whilst plans are made for the child’s future or problems in their home are solved. Sometimes, it might be because their family aren’t able to care for them. Some of the children who go into foster care have experienced significant trauma.
There is an urgent need for foster carers in North East Lincolnshire. Enquire now if you’re ready to make a difference to a young person’s life.