Words: Meghan Robinson
Foster carers play an important role in our community and there is an urgent need for more in Leeds, particularly for children over 11, sibling groups and those with additional needs.
Jono and Clare Gadsby have been full-time foster carers with Foster4Leeds for over two years.
The couple, from Pudsey, first decided to get into fostering so that they could help local children who are in challenging circumstances and make a difference in their community.
They live with a biological child, who is five years old. Jono said:
“We had a spare room, we love a busy house, we both grew up in busy homes and wanted that as parents, so we looked into it.
“We considered it for quite a while as our Son made it a much complicated decision. I’m so glad we did it as I couldn’t imagine not fostering now. The support is great, I know I can ring for help and advice whenever I need to. There is always an activity that both kids are looking forward to, they get on like a house on fire.”
Jono encourages anyone who is thinking about fostering to get in touch with Foster4Leeds, Leeds City Council’s dedicated fostering service. He added:
“They are 100% not-for-profit and committed to helping local children. By fostering with your local council, you will be helping local children that will still be able to attend their same school, see their friends, and have some normality through such a turbulent time.”
Foster carers are paid a weekly fee and allowance up to the value of £22,180 per annum, per young person.
There are many different types of fostering to suit individual lifestyles, from temporary care every once in a while to long-term placements. Visit foster4leeds.co.uk to find out more.