Could you foster a child in Telford & Wrekin?

Telford & Wrekin Council is continuing its drive to recruit more foster carers who can provide local children with safe, positive and nurturing homes.

Residents are being encouraged to come along and learn more about becoming a foster carer at an Information Event taking place at Wellington Leisure Centre on Saturday 24 June from 11-1pm. 


The fostering team has a range of children in care who have different individual needs, to support their development. For a variety of reasons they are unable to live with their family and need a stable and secure home during what can be a very difficult time.  


The council is keen to ensure that wherever possible, children are looked after close to their own homes and in family-based care in their communities. 


Angela Yapp, Service Delivery Manager said;  “I’d like to encourage anyone who thinks they could help support our young people to come along to an information event, where they are assured of a warm welcome.


“There are different types of caring opportunities available, varying from short term, regular respite care for children with disabilities  long term care until adulthood, fostering sibling groups of three or more and mother and baby placements.”

Along with people new to fostering, carers working for other agencies are being encouraged to contact the council, who can offer regular placements, ongoing training and support, and fees and allowances for each child fostered. 


The event at Wellington Leisure Centre provides an opportunity to learn more about what it’s really like to foster and to speak to the friendly recruitment team who can answer any questions you may have. 


Foster carers come from all works of life and cultural backgrounds. Potential carers don’t need to be a home owner or married – single people or same sex couples can also become foster carers.  


Some have children of their own living at home, others don’t have their own children or have children who have grown up and left home. 


What foster carers do need is at least one spare room, enough time and patience to care for a child and the resilience and a sense of humour to cope with the highs and lows. 


Foster carers receive excellent training and ongoing support, opportunities to meet other foster carers regularly, fees and allowances for the care they provide and most importantly the potential to transform a child’s life.


For more details call 01952 387387 between 8.30am and 8pm Monday to Friday. For all upcoming information events go to www.telfordfostering.co.uk





 

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