Could you foster a child in the Cotswolds? Make this year count

 

Gloucestershire County Council is holding a fostering drop in event on Thursday 26 October at the George Moore Community Centre, Bourton-on-the-Water from 10am to 2pm.

People are invited to come along to our drop-in event and have their questions about fostering answered by an experienced foster carer.

Information on types of fostering, allowances and the assessment process will also be available.

The council has approved 14 new carers this financial year but urgently needs more in order to provide local homes for Gloucestershire children who come into care.

The county council accepts applications to foster from all sectors of society. There is no upper age limit to foster and people can be married, single, co-habiting, in a heterosexual or same sex relationship, a homeowner or renting a property.

All children are different, and to meet their needs, the county council is looking for a wide variety of people. Applicants will need to be over 21 and have a spare room (or spare rooms for siblings) in their home.

The council is particularly keen to hear from people looking to foster siblings, teenagers or a parent and their baby. Almost half of children coming into care are teenagers, who need support to develop positive identity and self esteem and to prepare them to be independent. There are also opportunities for full time fostering for people with previous experience of fostering or extensive experience of working with young people.

For further information about fostering with the county council call 01242 532654 or visit www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/fostering