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17th Oct, 2021

Bromsgrove's Clifford House makes urgent appeal for foster carers during Coronavirus crisis

AN URGENT appeal has been launched to find more foster carers in Bromsgrove during the Coronavirus crisis.

The plea comes from Clifford House during Foster Care Fortnight which began yesterday and runs until May 24 and is this year themed on #thisisfostering.

The organisation’s offices, on the Saxon Business Park, Stoke Prior, have been shut since the start of the lockdown but measures are in place to receive requests from prospective foster parents and support is being offered virtually.

Hannah Cooper, Clifford House’s registered manager, praised the carers’ resilience during the pandemic.

“I would like to pay tribute to the tremendous work of our foster parents and staff who are playing a vital role in looking after some of our most vulnerable children and young people.

“Covid-19 has seen a cessation of hobbies and young people haven’t been able to socialise with their friends or do some of the things they love.

“These voids have had to be filled and foster parents have really stepped up during this time, therefore myself and Clifford House would like to say a huge thank you.”

Clifford House prides itself on providing foundations for families, creating a strong sense of family where children and young people and their foster parents feel totally at home.

The Covid-19 outbreak has brought added challenges to foster parents and these values are more important than ever as the agency find new ways to stay in touch and support those parents.

Hannah, added: “Foster parents make a huge difference to the lives of the children and young people we support, so it’s important we support foster parents to provide the foundations that all families need, including time, understanding and commitment.”

For more information about fostering with Clifford House, visit www.cliffordhousefostering.com or call 0800 369 8515.

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