17 May 2010

The search is on for a new generation of foster carers who can offer a loving home for looked after children in Northamptonshire.

Northamptonshire County Council is supporting this year’s national Foster Care Fortnight with a new campaign urging people not to let a generation of children and young people down and think about becoming the next generation of foster carers.

There has been a steep rise in the number of looked after children, while at the same time, the number of foster carers retiring has continued.

Maureen Phillips, head of services for children, young people and families, said: “Giving these children and young people the best start in life is essential.

“The majority of children and young people who we take into care have come from chaotic homes and been exposed to abuse and neglect. They desperately need security, a loving family and a place they can call home.

“We need to make sure we don’t let this generation down and I would appeal to people to think about the difference they could make to a child’s life by becoming the next generation of foster carers.”

The county council currently has 198 fostering households but needs to recruit dozens more. There are different types of fostering including, short-term and permanence and foster carers are paid an allowance and a further payment which increases as the carers skills increase.

Anyone over 21 can foster and can come from a variety of different backgrounds. All we ask is that people are committed, have the appropriate accommodation and are willing to take on this challenging but fulfilling role

An open evening to find out more about fostering and the children that are waiting for carers is taking place on;

Wednesday 19th May
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Britannia House
Bedford Road

It is an informal evening so anyone interested can come along anytime between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. and speak to foster carers, social workers and the support services offered to carers.

Anyone interested in fostering can call the county council on 0300 126 1009 or get more information on our website www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/adoptionfostering