Fostering children – Cash boost to Caritas

Fostering Children

Charitable Donation Gives Fostering Charity a Cash Boost

Fostering services in Salford have been given a much welcome cash boost thanks to a donation from a business. The charitable donation from Healthcare UK was given to the Caritas Diocese of Salford and the amount given was described as “significant”.

The Caritas Diocese runs many services that help support young people. As part of its services, the Diocese offers foster care services and adoption services as well as drop-in centres and a family support centre.
Although the charity is inspired by the Catholic faith, its services are open to everybody, and anyone can access their support no matter their faith.

The charitable donation will help the charity to continue with its essential work and the donation is extremely important to the Caritas Diocese as they have already been faced with cuts in funding. The Young Parents service no longer receives the statutory funding that it once did, however, the dedicated staff at the charity still continue to offer a 24-hour service for young people should they need it.

As well as facing a reduction in its funding, the Caritas Diocese has also warned about the crisis in fostering care, a matter that gets little notice in the mainstream media. The charity has said that there is a growing crisis in foster care and that there is an increase in the amount of children being taken into care every year. The Caritas Diocese has also highlighted how fewer foster carers are now coming forward; they have called for an increase in the recruitment and training of foster carers.

Donations are vital to keep charities like this going. They play an essential role in the community, although many people are probably unaware that they exist, unless they have needed their help.
In these difficult financial times it is vital that the smaller charities like these don’t get forgotten. The support they offer in fostering and adoption services, as well as the support they give to young people in Salford is essential and no less important just because times are tough.

It is especially important that people continue to support fostering and adoption charities as there are concerns that the welfare of children could be put at risk because of possible funding cutbacks to foster care; Foster Care News raised concerns earlier this year about the possible impact the cuts could have on foster care.
FCN Editor

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