COVID-19: Help at-risk children in Stoke-on-Trent

Vulnerable children in Stoke-on-Trent are being put at even greater risk by COVID-19.


Home for Good has been made aware by our friends at Stoke City Council’s fostering team that they are being put under increasing pressure by COVID-19.

Stoke City Council currently have over 940 children in care and 170 approved foster carers and a further 140 family and friends carers who have been to look after specific children already known to them. They have faced a 44% rise in children coming into care over the past three years and the current crisis has only increased their challenge. The lack of enough carers Stoke faces makes providing for children coming into care is so much harder and more costly.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for all of us, and some have experienced profound loss. But alongside the headlines of second peaks, tests and vaccines, there are also shocking news of domestic violence cases rising by 20%, of more than 2 million children living in hugely vulnerable situations exacerbated by lockdown, and of just 5% of children known to be at risk attending school.

Like the rest of the country, Stoke’s fostering team is preparing for a significant rise in referrals as lockdown ends and all children return to school and the impact of lockdown on these children is revealed. This will put huge pressure on children’s services and more foster homes will be needed.

We have a window to act now so that we are ready for what is to come.

We are asking Christians in Stoke who may be able to open their home to a vulnerable child to complete the form below and explore with Home for Good and Stoke’s fostering team whether fostering is for you.

We are especially looking for individuals and families who may be able to:

  • help a young person move out of residential care and back into a family setting
  • care for sibling groups so that they don’t have to face separation due to lack of homes available
  • care for vulnerable parents and their children so that they have the best chance of making it as a family.

If you are at all interested in finding out more, please complete the form below. Home for Good will be in touch with next steps.

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