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Make 2013 a life changing year - foster a child
Thursday 17th January, 2013

As the festive period draws to a close, chances are that already many well-intentioned New Year resolutions have been relegated to history!

But thereís one life-changing pledge that hundreds of children and young people across the Wigan area are hoping wonít be forgotten in a hurry Ė and thatís the decision to foster.

Wigan Council is one of 23 Local Authorities across the North West which is calling on people to make 2013 the year that will literally turn lives around for the better, by giving a loving home to a child in care.

Organisers of You Can Foster, the high-profile regional campaign, are encouraging people from all walks of life to consider how they could make a real difference to the life of a child.

And with television adverts, featuring real carers from across the North West, beginning to air on ITV1 this week, the You Can Foster team has set an ambitious target of exceeding the 1,500 enquiries achieved in 2012.

The campaign, which has recruited almost 200 new carers, and attracted over 4,500 enquiries since its inception in 2010, aims to dispel the many myths about fostering.

Applications are welcomed from those who are single, in a relationship, married or divorced; from applicants who work full-time or donít work at all for example, and regardless of gender or sexual orientation. All are assessed on their own merits, and the type of care you could offer a child is the most important thing.

Cllr Susan Loudon, Wigan Councilís cabinet member for children and young people believes the New Year is the perfect time to call upon people to make this life-affirming commitment. She says:

ďThis very important campaign aims to dispel some of the myths and misleading preconceptions around fostering and to encourage anybody with room in their hearts, and in their homes, to consider making a real difference to the lives of children and young people in need. I urge anybody who has ever thought about becoming a foster carer to come forward and find out what's involved so they can help turn young people's lives around for the better. "

For more information about the You Can Foster campaign and to request an information pack, visit www.youcanfoster.org or call 0800 6347052.

If you would like to speak to a member of Wigan Councilís Fostering Team, please call 01942 487203 .

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