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'People who do this need medals'

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


Residents have expressed positive views about fostering in Stockton Council's latest Viewpoint Survey.

The survey was distributed to 1053 residents with 605 responses received from a range of people across the Borough.

The survey indicates that the majority of respondents (76.1%) are positive about fostering with one respondent stating: "People who do this need medals."

Before receiving the questionnaire, the majority of respondents (43.6%) were unfamiliar with fostering. 56.9% had heard about fostering through the national press and 49.1% through the local press.

Although nearly seven out of ten (69.8%) thought most children and young people in foster care benefitted from the experience, 57.3% believe children and young people in care are negatively stereotyped.

Asked what personal characteristics they think would help or hinder a person to become a foster carer, eight out of ten (79.7%) people thought being single would do so and more than six out of ten (63.7%) thought being unemployed would also make it difficult.

Councillor Ann McCoy, Stockton Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: "The results from the survey have been very useful in highlighting how we can improve our fostering recruitment campaign and reach more people in the Borough.

"Key findings from the survey indicate there are still some misconceptions about who can foster, so we will be working hard this year to tackle these myths and highlight the many rewards of fostering."

Since April 2011, the Council has received more than 200 enquires about fostering - double the number received last year.

In Stockton Borough, the Council looks after around 300 children and young people but, as more and more children are coming into care, more foster carers and adoptive parents are required to meet their needs.

To find out more about fostering, call Stockton Council's Child Placement team on (01642) 526218 or visit www.stockton.gov.uk/fostering or www.stockton.gov.uk/adoption

Residents have expressed positive views about fostering in Stockton Council's latest Viewpoint Survey.

The survey was distributed to 1053 residents with 605 responses received from a range of people across the Borough. 

The survey indicates that the majority of respondents (76.1%) are positive about fostering with one respondent stating: "People who do this need medals."

Before receiving the questionnaire, the majority of respondents (43.6%) were unfamiliar with fostering.  56.9% had heard about fostering through the national press and 49.1% through the local press.

Although nearly seven out of ten (69.8%) thought most children and young people in foster care benefitted from the experience, 57.3% believe children and young people in care are negatively stereotyped.

Asked what personal characteristics they think would help or hinder a person to become a foster carer, eight out of ten (79.7%) people thought being single would do so and more than six out of ten (63.7%) thought being unemployed would also make it difficult.

Councillor Ann McCoy, Stockton Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said:  "The results from the survey have been very useful in highlighting how we can improve our fostering recruitment campaign and reach more people in the Borough. 

"Key findings from the survey indicate there are still some misconceptions about who can foster, so we will be working hard this year to tackle these myths and highlight the many rewards of fostering."

Since April 2011, the Council has received more than 200 enquires about fostering - double the number received last year.

In Stockton Borough, the Council looks after around 300 children and young people but, as more and more children are coming into care, more foster carers and adoptive parents are required to meet their needs.

To find out more about fostering, call Stockton Council's Child Placement team on (01642) 526218 or visit www.stockton.gov.uk/fostering or www.stockton.gov.uk/adoption