Stars support fostering campaign

The Birds of a Feather cast, Linda Robson, Lesley Joseph and Pauline Quirke help support BCC's Adoption Fortnight - pictured with them are Sara Askew (foster carer), Penny Johnson (Foster carer), Sue Imbriano (Strategic Director of Children's Services) and Debbie Hodge (foster carer)
The Birds of a Feather cast, Linda Robson, Lesley Joseph and Pauline Quirke help support BCC's Adoption Fortnight - pictured with them are Sara Askew (foster carer), Penny Johnson (Foster carer), Sue Imbriano (Strategic Director of Children's Services) and Debbie Hodge (foster carer)
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A massive recruitment campaign for foster carers in Bucks has been supported by the cast Birds of a Feather, who are currently appearing at Aylesbury’s Waterside Theatre.

Pauline Quirke, Linda Robson and Lesley Joseph met foster carers to mark foster care fortnight.

With more than 400 looked after children in Bucks needing support, the Bucks County Council is urgently looking to recruit foster carers for all ages of children.

However, they are particularly keen to find carers for sibling groups, for older children and for children with special educational needs .

They need foster carers who can offer short term, long term or respite care.

The council is aiming to recruit at least 60 more foster carers by the end of 2013 by appealing to people to put themselves in the frame and consider fostering.

This year the campaign is asking potential carers to put themselves in the frame.

People can show their support for foster carers by posting a photo of themselves and sharing their best days memories on the council’s online ‘photo wall’ on Facebook

Sue Imbriano, Buckinghamshire County Council’s strategic director for children’s services, said: “It is really important that we find local foster carers for Buckinghamshire children, so that they can retain strong links with their schools and networks of friends wherever possible.

“If you would like to make a big difference to a child’s life and take up the challenge of fostering, please come forward and count yourself in, before you count yourself out.

“Carers can be single or couples, with or without children, retired, unemployed or working...what matters most is that you have the time, a spare room, commitment, patience, a caring nature and skills to work with children and their families. Please come forward, our children need you.”

Throughout foster care fortnight, staff from the council’s fostering team will be out and about across the county, so anyone interested in fostering can drop by and find out more. Alternatively call their dedicated fostering hotline 0800 160 1900.

Information days are being held at Wendover Market on Wednesday, May 23 and Aylesbury Market on Thursday, May 24.