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Foster carers needed for young asylum seekers


Across the UK, calls are being made for foster carers to help look after young asylum seekers, and Gloucestershire is now looking to do its part to help meet increased needs.

On Wednesday 23rd November, the council will be holding an information evening at Newent Community Centre from 7pm to 9pm for anyone who is interested in finding out more about fostering, particularly fostering young asylum seekers.

A social worker, an experienced foster carer and a young asylum seeker who has been fostered in Gloucestershire will be at information evening and there will be an opportunity to ask questions.

Foster carers will need to provide the young people with a culturally-sensitive home where they can be helped to adjust to life in the UK, to overcome any trauma they may have experienced and to practice their religion.

In order to become a foster carer, you need to be over 21 and have a spare room.

Cllr Paul McLain, cabinet member for children and young people, said, "These young people have gone through a great deal and I know there are people in Gloucestershire who would like to help them.

"The information evening will provide you with information about how you can do this by becoming foster carers and giving them a stable and supportive home."

If you are interested in attending the information evening, please contact the fostering recruitment team on 01242 532654 or email


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