Can you find it in your heart to provide a rock solid home for a child?
Gloucestershire County Council’s fostering service is using the rock painting craze gripping the county to raise awareness of the need for more foster carers.
Fifty white rocks painted with a red heart are being hidden all around the county in the run up to Valentine’s Day to raise awareness of the need for more foster carers in Gloucester.
The campaign encourages rock hunters who find them to post pictures on their local rock hunting Facebook page using the hashtag #fosterforgloucester.
There are currently 683 children in care in Gloucestershire. The county council has set itself the ambitious target of recruiting 40 new foster carers in the current financial year. Fostering takes many different forms, from respite and emergency care to long-term fostering.
Cllr Richard Boyles, cabinet member for children and young people, said, “Rock hunting is such a great family activity and we’re hoping that our rocks will help spread the word about the need for more local foster carers who can provide children in care with a stable and loving home. We really hope that Gloucestershire residents will consider opening their homes and their hearts to transform a young life.”
To meet the needs of the different children in care, the county council is looking for a wide variety of people and families to consider fostering. There are many types of fostering that can suit a range of circumstances. 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.
Applicants will need to be over 21 and have a spare room (or spare rooms for siblings) in their home.
For an informal chat about fostering with Gloucestershire County Council, call 01242 532654 or visit www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/fostering. You can also rock up to one of the drop in events advertised on the website.