Emma Taylor, who became Chief Executive of Sandwell Children’s Trust in April, is backing the Trust’s 2021 Foster Care Fortnight campaign to highlight the need for more foster carers and to encourage people thinking about fostering to find out more by contacting the Trust.

“One of the exciting things about Sandwell Children’s Trust is its family feel and desire to help children who need our support. Whilst ‘family’ can have different meanings to people, it’s important that we have enough safe, secure, loving homes locally for children who are not able to live with their own families and need to be in our care.

“So, I’m delighted to be supporting our contribution to Foster Care Fortnight. It’s great to hear about all the things we are doing to make it possible for people to step forward and foster for Sandwell, which mean more people will be able to consider making fostering in Sandwell an option for them. It also means that more of our children can live within a family environment without needing to be moved outside of Sandwell.”

Sandwell Children’s Trust is playing a leading role in the Fostering Network’s national Foster Care Fortnight campaign (May 10-23), which this year has the theme #WhyWeCare. Throughout the two-week campaign Sandwell Children’s Trust is publishing short films from its staff and foster carers on the Sandwell Children’s Trust Facebook page, as we celebrate the work of the Trust, keeping children in Sandwell safe.

“I have been really impressed by the work of Trust and how focused it’s been on delivering a high-quality fostering service to both our carers and of course our children. We already have amazing and caring people fostering for Sandwell and during Foster Care Fortnight I would encourage everyone to spread the word, however you can. Even if fostering is not for you, you can still help – tell your friends, share post, tweet your support.

It really makes a difference and the more carers that join us, the more we can help our children live and achieve their ambitions in Sandwell.”