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Change a child’s life this year by becoming a foster carer


Vanessa Nelis, Fostering Recruitment Officer in Western Trust

The Western Trust’s Fostering and Recruitment Team is calling for people to think about the positive difference they can make to a child’s life.

Around 600 children and young people are currently in the care of the Western Trust and this figure continues to grow. More foster parents would allow more children to be placed with families where they can grow and learn. There is an urgent need for Foster parents who can keep brothers and sisters together on both a long-term and a short-term basis.  Some very young children in particular need the safety and security that a loving family environment can provide.

With this in mind, the Trust’s Fostering and Recruitment Team will be holding information events across the Trust, where the Fostering Team will be available to answer any questions people may have.

Why should you come along to one of our events?

  • To find out more about fostering
  • To talk to staff from the fostering team who can answer any questions you may have
  • To speak with Foster Carers who can share their experiences of caring with you.

Vanessa Nelis, Fostering Recruitment Officer for the Western Trust said: “Being a foster carer can be a really rewarding and enriching experience. People often think they can’t foster because of their sexual orientation or they are single, work or because they are too old. The Trust recognise that families are diverse and people from all walks of life can foster – so please don’t rule yourself out. If you are resilient, flexible and have the energy, time, commitment and feel that you could help a child to grow by bringing a child into your family, then come along to our information evenings and find out more.  The Western Trust’s information evenings take place on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 28 January 2020 –  Da Vincis Hotel, Derry/Londonderry,  7–9.00 pm
  • Wednesday 29 January 2020 – Fir Trees Hotel, Strabane, 7–9.00 pm.

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served on arrival. Come along and find out about Fostering, have a chat and get your questions answered. This will be a relaxed informal evening and everyone is welcome.  However, if these times do not suit, then just give us a call.

If you would like further information, please contact Vanessa Nelis, Western Trust Fostering Recruitment Officer on T: 028 8283 5264/7131 4244 or email:

Alternatively you can call HSC Regional Adoption and Fostering Service on 0800 0720 137 or enquire online.