Could you foster a child? Summer drop in sessions
Gloucestershire County Council is holding fostering information sessions throughout the summer for those interested in becoming a foster carer.
As part of a recruitment drive for 30 new foster carers by April 2018, Gloucestershire County Council is holding a number of information sessions across the county over the coming weeks.
The council has approved 10 new carers this financial year but urgently needs more in order to provide local homes for Gloucestershire children who come into care.
Anyone who is interested in finding out more about fostering is invited to come along to one of these events to speak to an experienced foster carer and a member of the fostering team.
- Friday, 28 July; 10am to 4pm – Gloucester Quays Food Festival
- Saturday, 19 August; 11.30am to 4.30pm – Barton and Tredworth Cultural Fayre
- Thursday, 24 August; 1pm to 4pm – Costa Coffee, The Quays, Gloucester
- Saturday, 9 September; 10am to 5pm – Newent Onion Fayre
- Tuesday, 19 September; 10am to 1pm – Costa Coffee, High Street, Stroud
Cabinet member for Children and Young People, Cllr Richard Boyles said
“These sessions are a great opportunity to find out more about fostering and gives people the chance to speak to an experienced foster carer.
If you are interested in fostering we are keen to hear from you. Please get in contact with us or drop into one of our summer sessions.”
Nick Whitmore and Nick Gerry became foster carers at the end of 2016 and said,
"Being involved in foster caring is just so rewarding. Taking an active and positive role in young people’s lives can be challenging, but to witness that moment on a child’s face when they realise their true potential can be whatever they chose is truly breath-taking."
Leah Summers became a foster carer this year after working in residential children’s homes and said,
“Fostering is one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had the pleasure to be a part of! For me, it’s the look on the child’s face when you have got something right. Knowing you are helping a child to create some positive early memories is wonderful. I feel privileged to be a part of their care.”
The council accepts applications to foster from all sectors of the community. There is no upper age limit to foster and people can be single, married, co-habiting, in a heterosexual or same sex relationship, own or rent their home.
Applicants need to be over 21 and have a spare room (or spare rooms for siblings) in their home.
Information on fostering for GCC can also be found online at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/fostering or by speaking to a member of the team on 01242 532654.