Foster Care in Merseyside
Owing its name to the River Mersey, Merseyside is a county in the Northwest of England which encompasses Liverpool, the Wirral, Sefton, St Helens, and Knowsley. Bordered by Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Cheshire, and the Irish Sea, Merseyside is well located within a number of surrounding industrial areas and boasts a hybrid landscape of city and rural living.
As a destination, Merseyside is somewhere where lifestyles vary hugely, with a diverse population of over 1.3 million people living across the urban, suburban, and countryside settings. As one of our largest operational areas at Olive Branch Fostering, there are a wide array of schools and educational institutions in and across Merseyside, with our team working to ensure every child in the foster care system has the right support they need in learning and development.
But we can’t do it on our own – we need people like you to help by giving these children a safe place to call home.
Becoming a foster carer in Merseyside requires patience, time, an open door, and a warm heart, as we work to place children of all ages and from all walks of life with foster carers who can give them the support and security they need – for as long as they need it. Many of the children who come to us bring with them a traumatic and sometimes abusive past, while others have lived a life well beyond their years. Whatever the situation, being placed in a foster home is often the first step towards rebuilding a future of hope and happiness – and becoming a foster carer enables you to become a key part of that future.
In March 2021 there were approximately 57,380 children living with foster families in England, with Merseyside a central location that sees children and young people from across the surrounding rural and urban areas come for temporary and long term placement.
But with an urgent need in England for 7,000 more foster families, and with children of all ages entering the foster system every day, we need more homes and more families to open their hearts to children who need them. Could yours become the next home to join the 45,370 existing foster homes in England?
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.”