16 November 2015

Families in Northamptonshire are being asked to consider whether they could offer a loving home to a foster child.

There are currently almost 1,000 children in care in the county and Northamptonshire County Council is asking people to make this Christmas the time they decide to find out more about fostering.

Older children

There are children of all ages waiting for a family to give them a home where they can learn, grow and progress. In Northamptonshire, there is a particular need to find more families for older children and sibling groups.

People who apply to become a foster carer will receive full training and support from a designated social worker, as well as financial support through a weekly allowance.

Cllr Matthew Golby, county council cabinet member for learning and families, said: “For children in care, it’s the little things that make a difference – having dinner together as a family, going to the park or simply having someone to talk to.

“This Christmas we are asking people across Northamptonshire if they would consider fostering a child and helping to make a difference to their life.

“There are many different types of fostering and we will work with you to find the type that suits you, whether it be short-term, permanent, emergency foster care or short respite breaks.

“We offer full training and support and will be here for our carers every step of the way to help them grow into their foster carer role.”

Could you foster?

To become a short or long-term foster carer, people must:

  • Have space and time in their life to care for a child
  • Have a spare bedroom
  • Be able to work as part of a team
  • Are physically and mentally fit
  • Have patience, flexibility, time and energy

Information about becoming a foster carer with Northamptonshire County Council is available by calling 0300 126 1009 or by visiting www.fosterme.co.uk.