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Dudley Council is on the look-out for people who can offer a loving home to help keep brothers and sisters together.
The campaign, which kicked off today today (28 March) at the regional premiere of the #truthbetoldfostering film, highlights the service’s need for carers for sibling groups and encourages people who have an interest in fostering to think about how they could help keep children together.
The new film looks at the true stories of two sets of children and their foster carers. The film briefly but honestly captures the highs and lows of fostering.
There are drop in sessions across the borough every month, with a weekly session every Wednesday from 1.30pm to 3.30pm at the Council House, Mary Stevens Park, Stourbridge, DY8 2AA.
Friday 29 March at Kingswinford Community Centre, High Street, Kingswinford, DY6 8AP, from 6-8pm.
Tuesday 2 April at Dudley College The Broadway, Dudley, DY1 4AS, from 5pm-7pm.
The sessions give people the chance to have an informal chat with both fostering advisors and existing carers.
Martin Samuels, director of people services at Dudley Council said:
Where we can, we always try and keep siblings together. It’s so important to try and keep that sense of family in what are so often difficult and distressing circumstances. But so much of that is dependent on people coming forward and opening their hearts and their homes to sibling groups.
Fostering is one of the best jobs in the world; no other job allows you to make such a difference in a young person’s life. And for people who foster siblings they are doubling or even tripling that positive impact by helping to keep a family together.
I hope that people come along to one of our many drop-in sessions to see how they can become part of the fostering family and find out about the range if support and benefits that come with this important role.”
People can also visit www.fosteringindudley.org.uk to find out more about the fostering journey and hear first-hand from real foster carers.
As well as the opportunity to make a difference to a child’s life, fostering in Dudley promises to be a rewarding career offering 24 hour support, training and guidance 365 days a year.