Monday, May 13, 2019
Anyone thinking about becoming a foster carer is invited to an information evening in Preston to find out more.
The event will be held on Wednesday 22 May at County Hall, on Fishergate Hill in Preston, from 6pm to 7.30pm.
This is one of the events that Lancashire County Council is holding throughout the county to celebrate Foster Care Fortnight and recruit new carers who can #changeafuture.
Foster Care Fortnight is the UK’s biggest foster care awareness raising campaign, delivered by fostering charity The Fostering Network. It takes place this year between Monday 13 May and Sunday 26 May.
Members of Lancashire County Council's fostering team, as well as social workers and current foster carers, will be available at the information evening to answer questions, talk you through the process, and offer advice.
The county council has increased the allowances payable to new foster carers, so now they can expect to receive between £241 and £300 per week for each child they care for.
People who have considered fostering before, but weren't sure they could afford it, are advised to come along to an information evening and find out if it could now be a viable option.
Barbara Bath, head of the adoption, fostering, residential and youth offending team at Lancashire County Council, said: "I'd like to encourage people to think about a change they could make, not just to their own life, but to that of a Lancashire child. We are hoping that people take the opportunity during Foster Care Fortnight to #changeafuture of the children and young people who need to be fostered.
"Becoming a foster carer is a big decision, and we don't suggest anyone takes it lightly. But if anyone is wondering whether it might be for them, they can come along to an information evening to have a chat with our friendly staff without feeling pressurised or obligated in any way.
"The theme of Foster Care Fortnight this year is that foster care changes futures, and we fully support this. We know this isn't just the lives of the children and young people who are fostered, it also has the power to change the lives of foster carers, their families and all those who are involved in fostering.
"With around 20 Lancashire children needing homes each week, we need to recruit new foster carers.
"We have increased our allowances to foster carers in recognition of their valuable role in providing loving homes for the children in our care. There is also a rising demand for placements with more children and young people coming into the care of the local authority each week.
"We are looking for people who can foster all ages of children, particularly siblings who need to stay together, and teenagers. No formal experience or qualifications are needed, all we ask is that you have a spare room available and a desire to make a difference to a local child's life."
A package of support is available 24/7 to help foster carers in their role, including local support groups, their own social worker, a dedicated helpline and flexible training.
If you're unable to come along on the night, call the fostering recruitment team on 0300 123 6723 or visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/fostering
There is no need to book for the fostering information evening - you can just turn up, but please arrive early to avoid disappointment.
Free parking is available on the Arthur Street car park, next to County Hall, and the Pitt Street entrance is accessible for disabled people.
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