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Dudley’s search for new foster carers continues

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Dudley Council’s fostering team’s popular drop-in sessions will be running throughout November as the search for new foster carers continues.

As part of their on-going campaign, the team is looking for new foster carers who can help children and young people achieve their full potential.

The fostering team’s ‘I foster because…’ campaign highlights some of the really important reasons why foster carers foster and the difference this makes in a child’s life.

As part of the campaign the recruitment team is holding a number of drop-in sessions to give people the chance to find out more about fostering in Dudley.

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.

The first session is on Monday 12 November at the Health Factory in Kingswinford from 5 to 7.30pm, and on Tuesday 13 November from 6 to 8pm at the Copthorne Hotel, Brierley Hill. Wednesday 14 November from 1.30 to 3.30pm at the Council House, Mary Stevens Park and from 6 to 8pm at Upper Gornal Methodist Church. Thursday 15 November from 10am to noon at Dudley Wood Neighbourhood Learning Centre and on the same day from 3 to 5pm at Saltwells EDC.

On Friday 16 November the team will be at The Cornbow Shopping Centre in Halesowen from 10am to 3pm and they will end the week on Saturday 17 November from 9am to 12pm at Dudley Leisure Centre.

Councillor Sue Ridney, cabinet member for children’s services, said:

We’re always looking for new carers and we want people interested in fostering in Dudley to know how much of a difference they really can make.
We’re proud of our foster carers and are always happy to hear from anyone who feels they can offer a safe, caring and stable home to children looked after by Dudley borough.
Our search for new foster carers is proving successful and the drop-in sessions are a popular way for people who have an interest in fostering to find out more in an informal environment without making any commitment."

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.

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

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