As fostering fortnight gets underway (13-26 May), Herefordshire Council is inviting potential foster carers to take up the challenge and consider taking on a child or young person who needs a home.
The council’s fostering team is looking for people who can provide a range of placements, sometimes for just short periods of time and sometimes for years. Anyone interested in learning more and talking to existing foster carers is invited to an open evening on 20th May, 7-9pm at Moor House, Hereford.
Jo King, fostering service manager said, “The good thing about fostering with the council is you receive excellent support, great training and competitive fees. Different children have different needs but we’ll support and train you to manage this and make sure you have access to an experienced team of fostering social workers.
“We also need carers who can help young people aged 16+. Supported lodgings means you provide accommodation and meet the needs of young people making the transition to independence. This includes being there for them when they need support, building self confidence and working with the young people to learn independent living skills.”
The need for foster carers continues to grow in Herefordshire with an average of 120 children needing somewhere to live each year at the moment.
“Fostering can offer people a new and challenging career,” continued Jo. “The only thing you need to have is room in your life and home, we can help you with the rest.”
Anyone interested in finding out more is welcome to come to the opening evening on 20th May - ring the team on 01432 383240 for more information.