Find out about fostering
Monday May 14, 2012
Today marks the first day of Foster Care Fortnight, and Hammersmith & Fulham Council is calling on residents to attend open days in the next two weeks to find out how they could become a carer.
This year’s fortnight runs until May 27 and has the subtitle of ‘Fostering: time to care’, and highlights the urgent need for more foster carers in the country. The aim of the fortnight is to raise awareness and address the shortage of the 10,000 foster carers that are needed in the UK.
And in H&F, it is no different – the borough needs at least 300 potential new carers to step forward every year to make sure all the borough’s children can be cared for, and are given a safe and loving home. Over the past year, H&F’s campaign to find more foster carers has resulted in hundreds of enquiries from local residents.
There are two open day events with the aim of finding even more carers during Foster Fortnight, with the council looking for people aged 23 or over, from all backgrounds, to apply. There are many different types of fostering arrangements and one may suit your situation and change a child’s life for the better.
To find out more, come to the drop-in events and meet council’s fostering team, foster carers and some young people who have been in care. There will also be 45 minute presentations from social workers explaining how residents can become carers.
Find out what fostering is really all about at our open days:
Westminster City Hall
64 Victoria Street, SW1E 6QP
Hammersmith Town Hall
King Street, W6 9JU
Cllr Helen Binmore, cabinet member for children’s services said: "H&F is now sharing its fostering service with Westminster City Council and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. This will help to ensure that children in the care of our councils are placed with the best possible families to meet their needs. It also means that we can devote more resources to helping find foster carers for the children who need them.
"We need more residents to share their homes with children who need a safe and loving environment. All the carers I have met are kind, warm-hearted and are truly inspirational. I know there are plenty more people out there who would make great new foster carers.
“We look forward to welcoming anyone who is interested in finding out more about fostering at our open days. You could be the person who makes a real difference."
For more information contact the fostering team by calling Freephone 0800 169 3497, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Residents can also fill in a form online by visiting the council’s website at www.lbhf.gov.uk/fostering, where they can also find more information on fostering.