East Riding of Yorkshire Council is looking to recruit new foster carers, for children from babies upwards.
The council is holding a series of information events during Foster Care Fortnight (May 14 to 27), at which people who may be considering fostering can find out more about what is involved.
Dave Glenville, the council’s fostering team leader, said:
“We are particularly looking for people who care about children and young people who need help, care and support at difficult times in their lives.
“Foster carers and their families are exceptional people. If you have the desire to help and can give the time, energy and commitment, we strongly recommend you to come along to the information event and find out how you can become involved in the much needed and highly worthwhile role as foster carer for East Riding children.”
The next ‘Find out about Fostering’ information event will be held on Thursday 24 May 2018 at Tickton Grange Hotel, near Beverley, at 6pm, when anyone wanting to find out how to become a foster carer is welcome to go along.
At the event, people interested in becoming a foster carer will have an opportunity to talk to fostering social workers and discuss suitability; meet foster carers and their birth children; talk to looked-after young people and hear about their experiences; and find out about free professional training.
The council is also looking for people who are willing to be a short break foster carer for a child with a disability.
This could mean giving parents a break by looking after their disabled child for anything from a few hours a week, or a regular weekend stay. This would be in the foster carers’ own home and they would receive an allowance.
Prospective foster carers should ideally be over 25, they can be single, married or co-habiting.
Anyone interested in finding out more can contact firstname.lastname@example.org or tel (01482) 396469. For updates and news, follow East Riding Fostering on Facebook.