Call for foster carers from black and minority ethnic communities
Gloucestershire County Council is appealing for people from the black and minority ethnic (BME) communities to offer loving homes to children who need fostering.
To meet the diverse needs of the children who need foster homes in the county, the council needs to recruit foster carers from all backgrounds and communities. Foster carers are particularly needed for young unaccompanied asylum seekers, siblings and teenagers.
The county council will be holding two information stands for people to drop in and find out more about fostering:
- Saturday, 19 August (12pm to 4.30pm) – Barton and Tredworth Cultural Fair, St James Park, Gloucester
- Saturday, 23 September (10am to 1pm) – Masjid E Noor Mosque, Gloucester
Sara (46) and Mohammed (48) Jaffer have been fostering for Gloucestershire County Council since 2011. Sara is White British and Mohammed is Asian British.
They have brought up six of their own children and currently foster several children ranging in age from 6 to 16 years old.
Sara said, “We’ve always loved having lots of children around the house and I work with youngsters as a teaching assistant at a primary school.
“We very much treat all the children we care for as one of the family. It’s important that they feel equally loved and supported. My own children are very accepting and enjoy being part of a family who foster. It teaches them tolerance and the ability to share mum and dad.”
Cllr Richard Boyles, 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 also need 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.”
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.
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.
To find out more, call 01242 532654 or visit www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/fostering.