Yate to host information event in bid to find more foster carers

July 31 2017

POTENTIAL foster carers have been invited to an information evening in Yate to help make a difference to the lives of children and young people.

POTENTIAL foster carers have been invited to an information evening in Yate to help make a difference to the lives of children and young people.

South Gloucestershire Council hopes people from every background will go along to find out more about the important role they can perform.

Families, couples, same-sex couples and single people - both homeowners and tenants - can attend the event on Thursday, August 3.

The council said the only requirement was that they had the time, energy, space and flexibility to be there for someone else’s child.

Jon Hunt, the council’s cabinet member responsible for children and young people said: “There are many reasons why children come into the care system. 

“Some just need a bed for a few nights, while we help their parents through a crisis. Others are casualties of family breakdown or victims of neglect and abuse.

“Being a foster carer can be a challenge but it is also immensely rewarding.”

He said carers were provided with support, guidance and training, as well as weekly payments in order to give children the care and attention they needed.

The event runs from 7pm-9pm in the South Gloucestershire Council offices in Badminton Road, when experienced foster carers will be available to share their experiences.

Social workers will also answer any questions about the fostering process.