Telford & Wrekin Council continues its drive to recruit male foster carers

Telford & Wrekin Council welcomes people from all backgrounds and walks of life to become foster carers.

Telford & Wrekin Council continues its drive to recruit male foster carers

It is a myth that single men cannot foster. It is personal qualities that count and men, single or otherwise, can make supportive and caring foster carers to looked after children.

Male foster carers can help to challenge negative images that some children may hold about the role of men and women in the home. For some children and young people they have not had the experience of a regular male figure in their lives, either at home or at school.

Dave has recently started fostering for the council. He said: “The thing that motivated me to foster was the need to offer children and their family temporary support in difficult times.

“I am relatively new to Fostering, having had three placements so far. During this time, I have felt supported the whole way by the fostering team at Telford and Wrekin. I would urge anyone thinking about fostering to just go for it.”

Councillor Paul Watling, Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet member for Children and Adults Early Help and Support, is in full agreement. He said:
“Fostering can be challenging but also immensely rewarding. Our foster carers are just ordinary people, with all sorts of life experiences. What links them is the desire to offer love and security to a child when they most need it and to help them develop and thrive.
“The council offers full support and training to all our foster carers and provides fees and allowances for each child placed.

“If you are thinking about becoming a foster carer I would recommend that you attend one of our information events to find out a bit more and to help you decide if fostering is for you.”

Telford & Wrekin Council particularly need more foster carers, male and female, who can care for older children (10+), teenagers, groups of brothers and sisters and children with additional needs.

The next information event will take place at Shropshire Golf Centre, Granville Park, Muxton, Telford, TF2 8PQ on Saturday 23 September at 11am.

To find out more about upcoming events visit www.telfordfostering.co.uk/fosteringsite/events
Alternatively phone 01952 387387 between 8am and 8pm Monday to Friday and speak to an advisor.


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Note to news editors:
Telford & Wrekin Council is a unitary authority with 170,300 residents. It is a mix of historic market towns, New Town Estates and rural villages. It has a purpose built town centre that is currently undergoing a £250m regeneration.

It is also the birthplace of the industrial revolution and home to the world’s first Iron Bridge in the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site.

We are a business winning and business supporting local authority and are proud that we represent the fastest growing town in the Midlands.

Telford has excellent transport links, congestion-free roads and plenty of available land and office space. Talk to us on Twitter @TelfordWrekin and Facebook.

Further information for the media is available from:
Russell Griffin, Public Relations Team Leader, Telford & Wrekin Council on 01952 382407, or email russell.griffin@telford.gov.uk       PR   Ref 9768




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