Foster care

 

Are you interested in working with children and young people? Why not find out more about being a foster carer?

 

Northumberland County Council’s foster care team is running a special recruitment evening programme in 2019.  The next event will start at 5.15pm on Thursday 19th September in the community room at Kingston Park Tesco’s.

The events aim to show how the different types of paid foster care could suit prospective foster carers and their families. Those attending will get the chance to see exclusive videos, be able to chat with foster carers about their experiences, and find out how they could help change the futures of fostered children.

Foster carer Avril Pearson, who features in one of the new recruitment videos, said: “One of the main questions people ask is ‘how do I cope with children moving on?'  I tell them, when you see a child either go back home, go into long term foster care, or be adopted, you know you have fulfilled a key role in supporting them when they need it.

“After that my next thought is ‘who can I support next?’ I love working with both children and families.”

Councillor Wayne Daley, deputy leader and cabinet member for children’s services at Northumberland County Council, said: “The council currently supports over 155 foster families, but with close to 400 children in care, there is an urgent need for more people to come forward and join the team.  You could make a real difference to the lives of children by offering them a stable home.

“We would love to hear from you, so come along to our event on 22nd May or call our team to have a chat about your options.”

To find out more or book a place at the even on 19th September call Caroline Matthews on 01670 626262 or book your place at www.northumberland.gov.uk/foster

In addition to recruitment events like this, the council runs monthly drop in sessions at the fostering service office throughout the year. Dates and details can be found on the Foster Care web pages above.