Foster Care Fortnight is a national campaign run by the Fostering Network, and the theme this year is Foster Care Transforms Lives.
Ealing Council has approximately 360 children and young people in its care and there is always a need for more foster carers to transform-young lives. There is particular demand for foster carers who can look after older children and siblings.
Foster carers can be from all backgrounds, ethnicities, cultures and religions. They can be married, divorced, single or living with someone, heterosexual or gay, working or not working, and they must be over 21. They can be renting or living in privately owned property.
Ealing’s foster carers receive twenty-four hour support and access to a wide range of training, as well as generous allowances.
Anyone interested in finding out more about being a foster carer can talk to the fostering recruitment team at the following venues:
Asda Park Royal, Thursday 11 May, 11am-3pm
Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre, Saturday 13 May, 9am-5pm
Southall Town Hall, Wednesday 17 May, 11am-3pm
Acton Market, Friday 19 May, 9am-1pm
Current foster carers will also be there to meet people and answer questions.
There is also a special information session in Ealing Town Hall on 8 May, 11am-1pm, where people can find out more information on fostering.
Judith Finlay, Ealing Council’s executive director for children, adults and public health said: “Foster carers really do transform young lives. Being a foster carer is a very special and sometimes challenging role, for which we provide full training and support. I would encourage anyone who is interested in fostering to have a chat with our team.”
Harriette Frederick, who along with her husband Ennis are Ealing’s current foster carers of the year, said: “I really enjoy being a foster carer and being able to make a real difference to the lives of children and young people. There are times when it is hard, but the rewards are far greater. There are so many children and young people that need help in the local community and to be able to change their lives and help prepare them for the future is an amazing thing. I would encourage anyone considering becoming a foster carer to take the next step and to contact Ealing."
For more information call freephone 0800 731 6550 or email firstname.lastname@example.org