This Foster Care Fortnight, a couple from Tameside are supporting the national campaign to recruit foster carers who can provide stable homes for local children in care.
Lisa and James Taylor, both 41, from Audenshaw have shared their joy at being foster parents - they now can't imagine life being any other way.
Lisa says 'We've been fostering for 3 and a half years now, we do task-centred fostering and currently look after two young siblings. We've looked after 13 children in total'.
Lisa and James's son Archie, 12, always wanted a younger brother or sister. Lisa had grown up with her mum working as a childminder and 'was brought up in a house full of children' which she loved, so the family looked into fostering as a natural next step.
When Archie showed so much excitement at the idea of his family fostering, the couple knew it was the right thing to do.
Before they fostered, both Lisa and James worked full-time during the week, but now fostering has enabled Lisa to give up work and focus on fostering full-time.
She expressed now how she has the 'best job in the world' and says 'I can't fault the support on offer, our Social Worker has been amazing - it's a really rewarding and fulfilling role'.
To anyone who has considered fostering but is unsure, Lisa says 'I was the same, not knowing what to expect. I would say go and do your research, speak to those already doing it – we get so much joy out of it. It's amazing'.
Richard Hancock, Director of Children's Services for Tameside Council, speaks of the benefits fostering has to local children:
'Foster Care Fortnight is a great way to raise the profile of fostering and celebrate the work that our fantastic foster carers are already doing. We are in need of lots more carers to look after local children and young people within Tameside. It's certainly a challenging role but we believe providing young people with the chance to thrive and achieve their dreams is both rewarding and worthwhile.'
To enquire about fostering this Foster Care Fortnight, go to www.tameside.gov.uk/fostering and fill out the online enquiry form or call 0161 342 2342 to chat to a member of the fostering team today.