Gloucestershire County Council is inviting anyone who would like to find out more about becoming a foster carer to a two-hour information session.
The information session will include a short presentation with details of the local children who need foster homes, followed by a question and answer session with an experienced foster carer.
There are currently 683 children in care in Gloucestershire. The county council has 230 fostering homes and needs many more.
The information session is suitable for anyone who is curious about fostering, is considering it for the future or has decided they would like to apply to foster. It will take place on Saturday 26 January 2019 from 10am to 12pm at Maisemore Village Hall, Church Rd, Maisemore, Gloucester GL2 8JE. There is no need to book.
Cllr Richard Boyles, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said, “It typically takes between six and eight months to become a foster carer, so we’re encouraging anyone who is considering it for 2019 not to delay. Take the first step by coming along to this open information session.”
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.
For an informal chat about fostering with Gloucestershire County Council, call 01242 532654 or visit www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/fostering.