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 13 to 26, the fostering service is encouraging people to come along to one of their drop-in sessions to find out more.
There are four sessions taking place during the fortnight, kicking off with the biggest event at Saltwells Education Centre in Netherton on Tuesday 14 May from 10am to 2pm, where people can find out more about fostering and also speak to services who can provide support for foster carers.
Other sessions will take place on Thursday 16 May at Himley Hall starting at 6.30pm, on Monday 20 May the service will hold a drop-in session at the Red House Glass Cone from 1 to 4pm and on Friday 24 May they will be in the Cornbow Shopping Centre, Halesowen from 10am to 2pm.
These 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.
People who are unable to attend the drop-in sessions can also find out what it’s really like to foster by watching 'Truth be told' a short film based on the true accounts of Dudley foster carers and their heartfelt experiences of fostering teenagers and sibling groups.
It highlights the positive effect foster carers really have on the lives of the children and young people in their care and can be viewed by visiting www.fosteringindudley.org.uk
Dudley fostering offers a rewarding career, 24 hour support, training and guidance 365 days a year and a range of fostering options.
Martin Samuels, strategic director for people, 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.
The main session at Saltwells also gives those who attend the chance to speak to a number of support services available to foster carers.
No one has to make a commitment when they attend the sessions, 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.
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Foster care fortnight
Foster Care Fortnight runs from May 13 to 26 and is the Fostering Network's annual campaign to raise the profile of fostering. It is the UK's biggest foster carer recruitment campaign.