Discover the great unknown this Foster Care Fortnight

Warwickshire County Council’s Fostering Service is searching for people who are keen to explore the unknown, learn new skills and care for young people as part of Foster Care Fortnight.

Foster Care Fortnight (14-27 May) is a trademarked national campaign from the Fostering Network to raise the profile of fostering and see if people can 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:

• Friday 18th May 2018 10:30am – 3pm Royal Priors, Leamington Spa

• Saturday 19th May 2018 10am – 12:30pm Nuneaton library

Julie, a local foster carer describes her experiences of fostering “Behind the emotions and challenges there is just a young person who is trying to make sense of their life and if you can help, even just a little bit, then it is all worthwhile.”

Team Leader, Tracy Avill, from Warwickshire Fostering Service, said “In Warwickshire we put children at the heart of all we do. We urgently need foster carers from Warwickshire to look after our young people and give them a stable family home. The information events are a great way to find out how to 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.

Foster carers can potentially welcome a young person into their home within 6 months after training, checks and references. 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.