26 October 2010

Loving, stable and permanent homes for the county’s most vulnerable children are being sought by Northamptonshire County Council as it continues its campaign to boost the number of foster carers.

Children who need a permanent foster family are those who are unable to return to their birth families and need a family who can care and support them into adulthood and beyond.

The county council currently has 18 children, including three sibling groups, between the ages of nine to 13 years, who need a permanent home.

Cabinet member for children and young people Councillor Andrew Grant said: "It is important that all children who are fostered stay in the area where they currently live so they can continue to attend their local school and see friends.

“By becoming a permanent foster carer you are offering these children and young people a stable home environment in return for a challenging but rewarding experience.

“We welcome applications from a variety of people, as the carers we need are as diverse as the children themselves. The main things you need are commitment, the ability to care for a child or young person who has been separated from their own family and most importantly, enjoy having children in your life.”

The county council wants to recruit at least 18 new carers who can offer permanent homes to children and young people across the county.

Foster carers are paid a weekly allowance to cover all the costs of caring for a child. Additional payments are made to cover holidays, birthdays and Christmas and on top of the allowance for fostering a child, carers get a payment in line with their skills and development as a foster carer.

For more information call 0300 126 1009 or email a&f@northamptonshire.gov.uk or visit www.fosterme.co.uk

Alternatively, to find out more, you can come along to our next open evening on 3rd November 2010, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Britannia House, Bedford Road, Northampton, NN4 7YB