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Find out more about fostering at drop-in sessions

Foster Care Forntight 2018

People interested in fostering are being encouraged to take the first step towards transforming a child’s life by attending a drop-in session as part of national Foster Care Fortnight.

Dudley Council is on the lookout for new foster carers and as part of national Foster Care Fortnight which runs from May 14 to 27, the fostering service is encouraging people to come along to one of their drop-in sessions to find out more.

There are seven sessions taking place during the fortnight, kicking off at the Copthorne Hotel in Brierley Hill on Monday 14 May from 6 to 8pm, on Wednesday 16 May the team’s biggest event will be at Saltwells Education Centre from 10am to 3pm, on Thursday 17 May the service will be at Dudley Wood Neighbourhood Learning Centre from 10am to 12noon and on Friday 18 May they will be in the Cornbow Shopping Centre in Halesowen from 10am to 3pm.

The following week, the team will be at Costa Coffee on Tuesday 22 May in the Ryemarket from 10am to 3pm and on Thursday 24 May at Ladies Walk Centre in Sedgley from 12 to 5pm before finishing the fortnight at St Thomas’s Church in Stourbridge on Saturday 26 May from 1 to 3pm.

The sessions provide a great opportunity for people who have an interest in fostering to find out more by speaking informally to a member of the fostering team and also some of Dudley’s existing carers.

Dudley fostering offers a rewarding career, 24 hour support, training and guidance 365 days a year and a range of fostering options.

Councillor Patrick Harley, leader of Dudley Council, said:

 “These sessions give people interested in fostering a chance to have their questions answered in a relaxed and informal environment. They’re also a great opportunity to speak to our existing carers about what fostering is really like.

“No one has to make a commitment when they attend, we’d just really like to hear from people who think they can offer a home to children looked after by Dudley borough.”

“There’s a number of drop-in sessions taking place during the fortnight but for those who can’t make it, our website www.fosteringindudley.org.uk is a great place to find out more.”

The service is keen to hear from anyone interested in fostering but in particular from those who would like to care for teenagers, children with disabilities or those who could take more than one child so brothers and sisters can stay together. They would also like to hear from people interested in long term fostering.

People can find out more about fostering in Dudley by visiting www.fosteringindudley.org.uk emailing dudleycouncilplus@dudley.gov.uk  or calling 01384 815833.

Notes to editors

Foster care fortnight

Foster Care Fortnight runs from May 14 to 27 and is the Fostering Network's annual campaign to raise the profile of fostering. It is the UK's biggest foster carer recruitment campaign.

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