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Urgent appeal for foster carers to keep siblings together

APPEAL: Salford City Council is running a special appeal for Nigerian siblings, aged three, seven and nine who need a family (Picture posed by models)

IF YOU’VE ever thought about fostering, and think you may be able to open your home to siblings, Salford City Council really want to hear from you. The Council is running a special appeal for Nigerian siblings, aged three, seven and nine, who need a family who can foster them on a long-term basis.

Adamma,* 9, and Femi,* 7, have a close relationship, including the usual sibling squabbles! Adamma is said to go out of her way to help others. Her teacher describes her as very articulate, polite and respectful to others. She is well behaved in school and has lots of friends.

Femi is a pleasant, talkative and happy child with a bubbly personality who enjoys playing, dancing and having fun. She also gets on well at school and will happily chat away to adults.

Their foster carers say, “The house was so quiet before the girls came, now there’s never a dull moment. It’s a lovely experience having the girls; they’re just like family now! They liven the house up and make sure every day is as interesting as the last.”

Their brother Obi,* 3, can seem timid, but will happily talk about his toy cars! He loves playing with his toy garage and plays well with other children.

The children now need a long-term foster family where they can stay until they’re ready for independence, and be nurtured to reach their potential.

The children really need to be placed together. The right family doesn’t have to be Nigerian, but does need to be able to help them understand their heritage. They are non-practicing Muslim, but will need carers who can support them if they decide to explore their faith at a later stage.

If you feel like you could offer Adamma, Femi and Obi a long term home, caring for them until they’re independent, get in touch with Salford City Council. You can be single, married or living together, you don’t have to own your own home or have any specific qualifications. You do need a spare room and to live within Greater Manchester, as well as some experience caring for children either through family or work.

Salford City Council will provide full training as well as practical, financial and emotional support.

Please call 0161 799 1268, email family.recruitment@salford.gov.uk or visit www.salford.gov.uk/fostering

*Names have been changed

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