Foster Care Fortnight- Why foster a teenager?

Warwickshire County Council’s Fostering Service is searching for people with time, energy, motivation and a spare bedroom who are able to care for teenagers as part of Foster Care Fortnight.

Foster Care Fortnight (8-21 May) is a trademarked national campaign from the Fostering Network to raise the profile of fostering and see if people could make a real difference to the lives of young people in care.

The fostering service is running two information events throughout the fortnight to encourage more people to consider fostering as a career. At each event there will be the opportunity to meet staff from the Warwickshire County Council’s fostering service who can provide information on the different types of fostering placements available and answer any questions people have about fostering.

The events are as follows:

9th May 2017 6-8pm Hatters Space Nuneaton

18th May 2017 10:30am- 1pm Nuneaton library

Ann, a local foster carer describes her experiences of fostering

“Fostering teenagers is where your advice and life experience will really help young people achieve a good future and to be part of that is really satisfying. And what have I gained? Amazing satisfaction in watching the progress of my foster children. Yes there have been problems and I expect there will be more, but all teenagers find these years challenging and it is more so for those who have had a tough start in life. It is really satisfying to see how a secure home can give positive changes.”

Fostering Operations Manager, Tracy Avill from Warwickshire Fostering Service said

“We are currently looking for local foster carers who can care for teenagers in Warwickshire, ensuring they listen to and accept a young person for who they really are and support them in their independence. The information events are a great way to find out how you can make a real difference to a young person’s life.”

Foster carers can be single or couples; with or without children, retired, unemployed or working. What matters most is that potential carers have time, space, commitment, patience, a caring nature and skills to work with children and their families.

As a foster carer you will receive support from a dedicated Fostering Social Worker and Social Care Worker as well as monthly support groups. Carers will also attend regular professional meetings, receive a bespoke training package and have access to 24 hour support. Carers can also earn up to £28,000 per year which reflects the real cost of looking after a child.

Anybody interested in finding out more about Fostering for Warwickshire but cannot attend the information events can text ‘CHILD’ to 62266, visit the Facebook page (Warwickshire-County-Council-Fostering) or register their interest online at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/fostering.