Manchester City Council

Councillor Sheila Newman

Our sympathies are with the family and friends of Councillor Sheila Newman, Executive Member for Children’s Services and current Lady Mayoress of Manchester, who passed away on 18 February.

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Social services Foster carers' real-life stories

Nicola's story...

I have been a foster carer for 5 years, and in the beginning I was approved to look after children up to 11 years old.

My first placement was a little boy aged 2 ½, and a month later his new born sister joined us. Both children were adopted a year later.

After that I got a call from family placement asking if I would consider taking a 14 year old Nigerian boy. They said he had stayed in a home for one night and was well mannered and a good pupil in school. I did explain to them that 14 wasn’t my age bracket, and my daughter was the same age as him so I felt worried. However, I thought about it and decided I would give it a go. I am so glad that I did. He is now 17 years old and very well-mannered and he goes to college and he studies business.

All children go through teenage years in their lives and deserve a chance no matter their age group.

In October, I will be looking forward to having a new placement whether it is a young child or a teenager.

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