Foster Care in Lancashire
Considered a ceremonial county which borders Greater Manchester, Merseyside, and Cumbria, Lancashire is one of the more rural locations that Olive Branch Fostering operates in – full of quiet towns and quaint English settings while benefiting from close proximity to some of the North’s major cities.
Once a heavily commercial and industrial region, the size of Lancashire has changed significantly over the last few decades, with the removal of Liverpool and Manchester changing the scope of life in Lancashire. Today, Lancashire is renowned as one of the best places to live and raise a family, thanks to the quality of the schools in the area and the affordability of house prices alongside the mix of city and countryside living.
There are 556 primary schools and 162 secondary schools in Lancashire, making it an excellent place for students and children of all ages to live, thrive, and develop. Unfortunately, for many children who end up in the foster care system, a lack of stability at home makes personal development and education difficult to manage.
That’s why we need your help.
Becoming a foster carer in Lancashire means opening up your heart and your home to children and teenagers from all walks of life – presenting them with an opportunity to feel welcome and safe in a stable home environment. When children in care are removed from their birth family and given a placement with one of our foster carers, no matter how long the placement lasts, we are not only giving them four walls but a chance to change their future for the better.
The variation in situations and timescales relating to fostering means that every case is unique – however, when you partner with Olive Branch Fostering our social workers and support staff are with you every step of the way as you and your foster placement navigate your journey together. There are currently 57,380 children living with foster families in England (as of March 2021) and with the urgent need sitting at around 7,000 required families right now, there has never been a better time to open your home and start the journey to becoming a foster carer.
Children, teenagers, and young people of all ages and from all walks of life need the help and support that someone like you can give.
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.”