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Dudley Council is looking for new foster carers who can help children and young people achieve their full potential.

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

Poster for foster carers campaign

As part of the campaign’s launch 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 an 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 to some of Dudley’s existing carers.

The first session is on Monday 10 September at Saltwells Education Centre from 2 to 4pm, and then on Tuesday 11 September from 10am to 2pm at Dudley Wood Neighbourhood Learning Centre and from 4 to7pm at Dudley Leisure Centre. On Thursday 13 September a session will be held from 10am to noon at Dudley Wood Neighbourhood Learning Centre before returning to Dudley Leisure Centre on Saturday 15 September from 9am to 4pm.

The following week the team will start off at Saltwells EDC on Monday 17 September from 10am to 1pm, on Wednesday 19 September they will be at Dudley College’s Broadway Campus from 4 to 6.30pm and finishing off on Friday 21 September at The Cornbow Shopping Centre in Halesowen from 10am to 3pm.

Councillor Angus Lees, cabinet member for children’s services, said:

We recognise the important role our carers play in the lives of children looked after in our borough.
They are real life role-models and each and every one not only cares for but inspires the young people in their care.
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.”

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.

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

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