By going the distance in the Dinton Pastures 5/10km race on 25 March, staff from Wokingham Borough Council, and existing foster carers want to encourage more people to give a loving home to a child or young person.
Teenagers, siblings, asylum-seeking and disabled children desperately need foster carers in the borough. You can be one if you have a spare room and can provide a secure, happy, family environment.
Joining the borough council runners is Cllr Mark Ashwell, executive member for children’s services. Foster carers will also be on hand, manning an information stand if people want to ask them about fostering.
“We urgently need more foster carers in our borough, and they can be as diverse as the children who need them,” said Cllr Ashwell. “The rewards are great. Foster carers give these children and young people a positive future, a nurturing hand to help them reach their potential. We, in turn, support our foster carers with training and remuneration.”
Regardless of age, culture, background, sexual orientation and whether you are a homeowner or tenant, if you have a spare room and time for a child, you could foster. What matters most, is that you’re the right family or person for our children.
As a foster carer, we offer attractive remuneration packages, excellent training including a specialist therapeutic programme, as well as one-to-one and out-of-hours support. Fees increase with experience often resulting in the equivalent of a reasonable salary which could provide a complete change of career. For example, an experienced foster carer at Level 2, who cares for two children all year, could earn more than £25,000 p.a. excluding allowances for the child.
The application process is also probably much quicker than you think. To find out more, call (0118) 974 6204 for an informal chat or visit our fostering website.