Call for carers in black and minority ethnic communitie
Gloucestershire County Council is appealing for people from the black and minority ethnic (BME) communities to offer loving homes to children who need fostering.
The call comes during a specific recruitment week from Monday 22nd February.
In January 2015, there were 567 children in care and 15.3% of these children were from black and minority ethnic communities.
The county council will be out and about on its community bus during the recruitment week, and people can drop in and find out more about fostering and also speak with a foster carer:
- Tuesday 23rd February - Cheltenham Town Centre, outside Marks and Spencer (10am-4pm)
- Friday 26th February - Gloucester Cross, Gloucester Town Centre (10am-4pm)
- Saturday 27th February - King's Street, Stroud (9am-3pm)
The Dixons are a mixed-race family who have been foster carers for three years. They live with their daughter Kelly and currently look after siblings.
Kelly said: "When my mum and dad started to foster I was excited, as well as apprehensive. Our first young person was a 17 year old boy who really just needed some stability and guidance so that he could move on and make something of his life. It hasn't been easy at times, but we are a close family and support each other. We can't imagine life without fostering."
Cllr Paul McLain, cabinet member for children and young people said: "We are in real need of foster carers for teenagers, sibling groups and disabled children. People able to offer loving homes will always be busy with foster placements.
"We are also in need of more people from black and minority ethnic communities to come forward. Becoming part of a loving and caring home is critical to giving our children the best possible start in life. We want to give our children the chance to grow up in families who can understand and be sensitive to their cultural, religious, physical and emotional needs."
The county council accepts applications to foster from all sectors of society. There is no upper age limit to foster and people can be married, single, co-habiting, in a heterosexual or same sex relationship, a homeowner or renting a property.
All children are different, and to meet their needs, the county council is looking for a wide variety of people.
All applicants will need to be over 21 and have a spare room, or spare rooms for siblings, in their home.
Anyone interested in fostering can contact Gloucestershire County Council's fostering team on 01242 532654 or visit www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/fostering.