A SUPPORT helpline which offers valuable information and advice to both current and prospective foster carers launched a campaign on August 1 to maintain its services free-of-charge.
The "Friends of Fosterline" encourages people to be part of Fosterline England’s growing community and support network.
During the past year, Fosterline has provided advice, information and support to more than 83,700 service users and has engaged with more than 200,00 contacts through its telephone, website, interactive live web chat and email services.
The campaign has been backed by a number of celebrities including "The only way is Essex" television stars, Lydia Bright and her mother Debbie Douglas, who has been a foster carer for more than two decades.
Both Lydia and Debbie are Department for Education ambassadors for fostering and are delighted to give their support to Fosterline’s latest campaign.
Steve Stockley, Fosterline Manager, said: “As a foster carer myself, I understand the need for timely confidential advice and support that empowers foster carers to perform their role to ensure the best possible outcomes for our looked-after children. "Fosterline has been independently evaluated as a vital service for both prospective and current foster carers and with the aid of our Friends of Fosterline, we aim to maintain this as a free to access service.”
For more information about the campaign visit the website: www.fosterline.info/friends .