09 May 2011

To celebrate Foster Care Fortnight (May 16th to 29th) Northamptonshire County Council’s fostering recruitment team is hitting the road to spread the word about fostering.

County council social workers and foster carers will be on hand to answer questions about fostering and offer advice to anyone thinking about fostering.

The Fostering Team Tour will be stopping at:

May 17th 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Tesco, Mereway, Northampton
May 17th 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Morrison's, Victoria Promenade, Northampton
May 19th 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Tesco, New Street, Daventry
May 21st and 22nd Althorp Country Show
May 23rd 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Newlands Shopping Centre, Kettering
May 24th 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Corporation Street, Corby
May 25th 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. John Dryden House, The Lakes, Bedford Road, Northampton, for a fostering open evening
May 26th 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Swansgate Shopping Centre, Wellingborough
May 28th and 29th Lamport Festival of Country Life

Cabinet member for children and young people Councillor Andrew Grant said: "Recruiting new foster carers is a tireless and ongoing task and Foster Care Fortnight gives us the opportunity to raise the awareness of the need for more foster carers.

“These events are an excellent opportunity for people to find out more about fostering.

“Our dedicated team of social workers is always on hand to speak to the public about fostering and we do have monthly open evenings, but these events will give people more opportunity to find out about fostering at a location and time more convenient to them.”

The county council is currently appealing for people who can foster vulnerable teenagers

There are currently 265 children over the age of 10 who are looked after by the county council.

The county council wants to recruit 45 new foster carers. The more foster carers the county council has in Northamptonshire, the more it can place these children closer to school, family and friends.

As well as people to foster teenagers, there is also a demand for foster carers to look after six to 10-year-olds.

By fostering, people can make a huge difference to a child’s life at a time when they need it most. Foster carers get an allowance, support from the county council’s dedicated fostering team as well as a full training package.

Find out more at www.fosterme.co.uk or call 0300 126 1009.