09 November 2011

Children’s Minister Tim Loughton is backing a Northamptonshire appeal for foster carers for older children.

The parliamentary under secretary of state for children and families has written to Northamptonshire County Council in support of the authority’s current drive to recruit more carers for children and young people over the age of 10.

Earlier this week, the council launched a campaign incorporating poster distribution, radio and bus advertising, leaflets and social media networking to recruit at least 20 foster carers to give stable placements to local children aged between ten and 18.

Mr Loughton said: “I am delighted Northamptonshire County Council is continuing its drive to recruit more foster carers through a new campaign which focuses on finding foster carers for children over the age of 10.

“There are many misconceptions about older children, especially those in care. They are viewed as difficult an challenging and therefore people are concerned about how they would cope.

“However, many of these children’s lives can be transformed with some time, love and patience from a foster carer. I hope the urgent need for more foster carers is heard across Northamptonshire and more people come forward to take up this rewarding and life-changing task.”

There are currently 511 children and young people in foster care in Northamptonshire and more than half of them, 276, are over the age of 10.

Foster carers receive an allowance to cover caring for a child and are paid. They receive support from the county council’s dedicated fostering team as well as a full training package.

People can find out more about fostering at the following information events where people can simply turn up with no advance booking required:

  • Wednesday November 9th 7pm to 9pm
    John Dryden House, The Lakes, Bedford Road, Northampton, NN4 7YD
  • Monday November 14th 10am to 1pm
    Tesco Extra Mereway, Clannell Road, Northampton NN4 0JF
  • Wednesday November 16th 10am to 2pm
    Wellingborough Swansgate Shopping Centre (outside New Look)

Anyone who would like to find out more can contact the council’s fostering team on 0300 126 1009 or go to www.fosterme.co.uk