Becoming a foster carer is an opportunity to provide support and somewhere safe for young people in their time of need and Warwickshire County Council is supporting this year’s Foster Care Fortnight encouraging anyone who is thinking about fostering to get in touch.
During the coronavirus crisis lives have changed for many people and this has brought about a chance to review and reflect on personal priorities, whether this is about how to give more back to the community or reviewing career paths and foster caring is a great opportunity to do this.
All Warwickshire County Council foster carers receive support throughout the application process along with access to dedicated social workers, peer support groups and ongoing training throughout their fostering career, as a foster carer there is always someone there to help you navigate any challenges.
Potential foster carers have the opportunity to benefit from Foster on Fostering (FOF), a pre-approval training programme in which trainers and existing foster carers share their experiences to provide applicants with a fully rounded view of what foster carer entails.
Speaking of a recent FOF session one of the trainers said:
“It was my absolute privilege to be part of one of the most powerful and amazing sessions in my long career, this is down to the amazing foster carers who told participants about their experience, both good and the challenges. They did not sugar coat but gave real heart to their examples and talked about support at stressful times.”
Councillor Jeff Morgan, Warwickshire County Council portfolio holder for children’s service added:
“I’d like to thank our Warwickshire foster carers for all that they do to support our young people and Foster Care Fortnight is a great opportunity to highlight the excellent work and contribution foster carers make to the lives of young people and their community.
“For anyone who may be interested in fostering, I’d encourage you to get in touch with our fostering team for a chat to find out more. You don’t need previous experience to become a foster carer and with full support and training, we’ll be there to support you throughout your journey.”
To find out more about how to foster for Warwickshire visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/fostering or call 0800 408 1556