Interest in fostering up 33 per cent
26 April 2019Enquiries into becoming a foster carer for the Local Authority have increased by a third in one year.
In April 2018, Cheshire West and Chester Council, together with Cheshire East Council, Halton Borough Council and Warrington Borough Council, formed Foster4, Cheshire’s regional foster carer recruitment service – one of the first in the country.
In the first year of operation, the service has seen a significant increase in enquiries from residents interested in becoming a Local Authority foster carer. A total of 47 new households were approved as foster carers in 2018-19.
Emma Taylor, Director of Children’s Services at Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: “We created Foster4 to recruit more foster carers by pooling resources and build on the strengths of the existing teams.. It’s great that we’re seeing such a renewed interest from our residents. It means that we can keep more local children close to their schools, friends and family, with carers we know well, giving them the best possible chances of a stable future.
“Many of our foster carers say that becoming a foster carer for their local authority is one of the most rewarding things they’ve done. It can be a lifelong, home-based and flexible career. Some of our carers have been fostering over 40 years, others just a few months. All are part of a dedicated community of local foster carers, who come from different walks of life and we really value every single one of them.
“If you would like to help local children to get the best start in life please make an enquiry into becoming a foster carer today. We’re particularly keen to hear from those who could care for older children and teenagers and children with more complex needs.”
Foster4 offer a wealth of benefits to its carers, in addition to already exceptional support, training and allowance packages. The average allowances are around £300 per week, per child, to ensure you can provide local vulnerable children with a high quality of life, helping to transform their experiences of childhood.
Foster4 is looking for people who are great with children and young people, have a spare bedroom, and can welcome a local child or young person to be part of their family on either a short or long term basis. You could foster around your existing job, if you have one, as long as you can be flexible, or you can make fostering your primary role.
Foster4 run six ‘Become a Foster Carer’ information sessions each month, across the four Local Authority areas. The next sessions in west Cheshire are being held on:
Thursday 9 May, 10am, Dingle Recreation Centre, High Street, Winsford. CW7 2AS
Wednesday 22 May, 10am, Garrett Theatre, Storyhouse, Hunter Street, Chester. CH1 2AR
Request an information pack from Foster4 at: www.foster4.co.uk or call 01925 444100 to find out more. Find Foster4 on Facebook @foster4cheshire.