Derby City Council is calling for more men to consider fostering, and help transform the lives of children and young people in care – particularly those who can help keep brothers and sisters together and care for those with disabilities.

This new appeal is being made on International Men’s Day, which takes place today 19th November, and is celebrated in 60 countries around the world.   The day focusses on men’s and boy’s health, improving gender relations, promoting gender equality, and highlighting positive male role models. It is an occasion for men to celebrate their achievements and contributions, in particular their contributions to community, family, marriage, and child care.

Councillor Sara Bolton Cabinet Member for Children and Young People and Safeguarding said “We are pleased that so many men choose to foster with Derby City Council, as they have a significant role to play.  By acting as positive male role models it gives our cared for children and young people the opportunity to develop a strong and healthy understanding of gender relations

We do however need more foster carers, and encourage men to consider the positive impact they could make to a child in care.  There is a particular need for foster carers who can help keep young families together by fostering siblings, older children and those with disabilities. We have a fantastic team of foster carers who do an amazing job in supporting our looked after children”.

Councillor John Whitby, Chair of Inspiring Young People Board, and a foster carer himself said “Men make a huge contribution to the upbringing of children and young people in foster care. For many looked-after children, living with a male foster carer has been their first positive experience of an adult male. We want to reach men whose partners are considering foster care and have concerns that would stop them coming forward as a family, as well as men who would like to be a main foster carer, either on their own or as part of a couple.”

Anybody interested in finding out more about fostering are encouraged to get in touch, or come along to one of our fostering drop-in sessions at the Council House.  For more information visit www.derby.gov.uk/fostering