The theme of this year’s national campaign, run by the Foster Care Network, is ‘Make a Connection’. The campaign will encourage people to consider their connection to fostering by asking if they know a foster carer or a child in foster care or if they would become a foster carer.
During the fortnight, staff from the council’s fostering recruitment team will be out in the borough to show people how they help change a local child’s life for the better by becoming a foster carer.
Ealing Council has approximately 350 children and young people in its care and there is a great demand for more people who can provide caring homes. There is a particular need for carers who can look after older children, brothers and sisters and children with disabilities or special needs.
There is currently a national shortage of foster carers and the situation in Ealing is no different. The council is looking for carers from all backgrounds, ethnicities, cultures and religions. Foster carers can be married or single, heterosexual or gay, working or not working, renting or living in privately owned property.
Foster carers receive excellent support from the council including mentoring, access to a wide range of training, generous allowances and 24-hour support.
Those interested in finding out more will have an opportunity to pick up some information and chat with the recruitment team, and current foster carers, at the following events:
- Monday 1 June - Tesco Perivale, 10am-2pm
- Wednesday 3 June - Asda Park Royal, 1-5pm
- Friday 5 June - Acton Market, 9am-1pm
- Saturday 6 June - Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre, 10am-2pm
- Wednesday 10 June - Tesco Perivale, 1-5pm
- Friday 12 June - Asda Park Royal, 10am-2pm
There is also a special information session on Monday 8 June, from 7.30pm-9.30pm at Ealing Town Hall when people will have the chance to hear more detailed information about fostering.
Further information is available on the fostering pages, by calling 0800 731 6550 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org