Warwickshire Fostering Service looking for LGBT people to foster local children

6th – 12th March is New Family Social’s LGBT adoption and fostering week. The week aims to encourage more LGBT people to consider fostering and adoption.

Over the last year there have been approximately 700 ‘looked after’ children in Warwickshire. These young people may have entered care because of a crisis at home or because their parents may be suffering from health problems and have no family or friends to care for them. These children may be in care while their parents receive support in order to care for them successfully, or when the child’s safety and welfare is a concern and they may have been removed from their home by the police or the courts.

Warwickshire County Council’s fostering service urgently needs more foster carers who live in the Warwickshire area or close to the Warwickshire border to help care for these local children and give them a stable family home. The service is particularly keen to find foster carers for teenagers.

Foster carers can be considered for fostering if they are:

• couples of the same or different gender

• single – male or female

• from any ethnic background

• families with or without children, married or living with a partner

• a person with a disability

What matters most is that they have the time and space, commitment and patience, alongside the care and skills to work with children and their parents. Foster carers for Warwickshire also need a spare bedroom to accommodate children and young people.

The fostering service recently completed a review of its service and concluded that modernising the service would make fostering more financially viable for carers and increase their level of support. Warwickshire has set the target to provide an additional 60 new placements for children in care in the county by 31 March 2020.

Cllr Les Caborn, Portfolio Holder for Health said “We urgently need more foster carers from Warwickshire to care for our local children. The LGBT adoption and fostering week is the perfect opportunity for people who may have an interest in fostering to find out more.”

Cllr Dave Parsons, Chair of the Children & Young People Overview & Scrutiny Committee said “Our fostering service welcomes foster carers from any background to help improve the outcomes for our most vulnerable children. I encourage more potential foster carers to come forward as a result of the week.”

For more information on fostering for Warwickshire’s Fostering Service please visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/fostering or our Facebook page (Warwickshire-County-Council-Fostering). For direct enquiries please contact Central Fostering on Freephone 0800 408 1556 or complete the online enquiry form at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/fostering.