Steve launches Birmingham's Fostering and Adoption fortnight at the Bullring

On the 20th May Selly Oak MP and former social worker Steve McCabe launched Birmingham’s Fostering a
The fostering and adoption campaign runs alongside National Foster Care Fortnight (16th and 29th May) and hopes to attract 100 new carers. In particular it is looking to recruit those who are able to support teenagers and offer short term care.  At any given time there are about 2,000 children in need of care in Birmingham.  A team of recruiters were on hand to answer questions and offer potential carers advice about what to expect and about the qualities that carers need to exhibit.
BRMB Radio presenters Jo and Sparky hosted the launch which also saw a performance by Birmingham’s current Young Poet Laureate Jordan Westcarr and a 3 hour marathon of the latest fitness craze Zumba.
Steve McCabe MP said “What matters is that children know where they are going each night, that they have someone to make sure they get a meal and most of all someone to show them kindness.  I know this is not always easy but it’s the least we should expect in a civilised society.”
When young people in Birmingham were asked what they looked for in foster carers they said: a love and kindness, care and tolerance and a sense of humour. 
Sparky and Jo will be giving the campaign a boost by updating their listeners every day throughout the fortnight on their radio show as to progress towards Birmingham’s target for another 100 foster carers.  For those wanting more information about fostering go to or pop into the city centre recruitment shop, located at the end of Corporation Street, just around the corner from the Children’s Hospital.


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