Foster Care in Blackpool
Ranked in 2022 as one of the top 10 places in the UK to raise a family, Blackpool is a town where the affordability of housing, combined with the vibrant and exciting pace of life and the diversity of cultures and experiences, makes it a great place for individuals of all ages. For children especially, it is the diversity in culture and experience across Blackpool which allows them to feel welcomed and at home in the community, immersed in a town where anyone can become anything and where background has nothing to do with future opportunity and potential.
And it is this kind of inspiring setting that the team at Olive Branch Fostering are looking for, as we seek new foster families and foster carers to become surrogate parents to the growing number of children seeking placements in and around the seaside town.
With Blackpool well positioned for placements from across the North of England, the town is considered a safe and neutral place for those who need single night respite or longer term foster placement. There are a total of 38 primary schools and 16 secondary schools located inside the town, meaning that Blackpool can offer a varied array of educational facilities and options so that children from all walks of life, regardless of their experience, can find the right support for them.
But outside of a formal education setting, what these children really need is the support, love, and security that can only come from an open heart and an open home. Becoming a foster carer with Olive Branch Fostering means that you are extending a branch of love to a child who, in many cases, has been starved of the support that young people crave and need to develop – with the foster care system primed to match children and teenagers with the homes and surrogate parents who are able and willing to support and guide them.
When you become a foster carer with Olive Branch Fostering, our comprehensive training and ongoing support enables you to become so much more than just a place to call home – helping you as you develop into a teacher, mentor, friend, confidante, and more.
The foster journey is full of challenges for both children and carers, but the rewards are what make it all worth it. And you don’t have to take our word for it – with our foster carer case studies testament to the rich experience that both sides get from every interaction and every placement.
In the UK alone, there is an urgent need for around 7,000 new foster carers to help house the many children who find themselves seeking foster care every day. Could you open your home in Blackpool and invite a child or teenager to become a part of your family?
This is Kate and Harry’s story
When Kate and Harry first applied to be foster carers, they felt like there were a number of obstacles in their way – including their age and lack of experience as parents. However, as they soon found out, Olive Branch Fostering is not only a foster care agency but a family of supporting staff and team members who are there to help every step of the way.
Following their initial application, the couple were invited to fostering skills training which gave them insight into the world of fostering and allowed them to start picturing their life as carers – though it wasn’t until their first placement finally arrived that they really become immersed in the joy and rewards of being a foster parent.
Despite their first placement only being short, taking in three little girls for a short three day placement, the memories they made are for life.
“So many happy memories will stay with us forever and it really affirmed to us we had made the best decision choosing to become foster carers and we cannot wait for the future.”