You could join the hundreds of foster carers already discovering the rewards of sharing their lives with children who need a home.
Next week, foster carers and staff from Lancashire County Council’s fostering service will be holding an information evening at Milton Youth and Community Centre, Milton Road, Fleetwood. The event will be held on Wednesday 27 February from 6pm to 7.30pm.
Members of Lancashire County Council’s fostering team, as well as social workers and current foster carers, will be available to answer questions, talk you through the process, offer advice and share their own experiences of fostering.
The county council has increased the allowances payable to new foster carers, so now they can expect to receive between £241 and £300 per week for each child they care for.
People who have considered fostering before, but weren’t sure they could afford it, are advised to come along and find out if it could now be a viable option.
County Councillor Susie Charles, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Schools, said: “Becoming a foster carer is a big decision, and we don’t suggest anyone takes it lightly. But if anyone is wondering whether it might be for them, they can come along to the information event and have a chat with our friendly staff without feeling pressurised or obligated in any way.
“I’d like to encourage people to think about a change they could make, not just to their own life, but to that of a Lancashire child.
“With around 20 new Lancashire children needing homes each week, we need to recruit new foster carers.
“We’ll be holding more events throughout the year in local communities. Just check our website on a regular basis for up-to-date information about events near to where you live.”
A package of support is available 24/7 to help foster carers in their role, including local support groups, their own social worker, a dedicated helpline and flexible training.
The county council is particularly looking for people who can foster all ages of children, particularly siblings who need to stay together and teenagers.
If you’re unable to come along on the night, call the fostering recruitment team on 0300 123 6723 or visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/fostering.
There is no need to book for the fostering information evening – you can just turn up, but please arrive early to avoid disappointment.
Future information evenings will also be held at County Hall in Preston, for anyone thinking about becoming a foster carer but can’t make the community event.