County in appeal for male carers

Northumberland County Council is appealing for more male foster carers in the run up to Father’s Day.

Whether single or part of a couple; and whether they are interested in being either the main carer, or supporting the main carer in the household, the local authority would like to hear from anyone interested.

Coun Robert Arckless, executive member for children and young people at the county council, 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.”

Coun Arckless added that the council wanted to reach men whose partners are considering foster care and have concerns that would stop them coming forward as a family.

As well as those men who would like to be a main foster carer.

Marcus, who lives in south east Northumberland, is a main foster carer.

He said: “I always wanted to have the chance of working with children, and when I was made redundant it gave us the opportunity as a family to do something that makes a real difference to children.

“I felt a bit odd at the initial training course because most of the main foster carers were female, but we all pitched in together with the tasks.”