Wokingham Borough Council needs more local people to come forward to become foster carers, providing family homes for some of the borough’s 83 children and young people needing them.
Because of the shortfall in foster carers in the Wokingham Borough, some children and young people have to be separated from family and friends and have their lives disrupted even further because carers cannot be found locally.
This Foster Care Fortnight (16 to 29 May) the importance of boosting their recruitment is being nationally promoted. Foster carers are particularly needed for children aged seven and above, children on a permanent basis, and disabled children for short breaks.
The borough council are also keen to hear from people who could offer supported lodgings for young people aged 16 to 24.
An information event is being held on Thursday 26 May at the Bradbury Centre, Wokingham Methodist Church, Rose Street, in Wokingham. Two presentations are being held during the day; the first from 12.45 to 1.45pm, and the second 6.15 to 7.15pm. Alternatively, people can simply drop-in between 1pm and 7.45pm.
“Every child deserves the chance to have a secure start in life so that they have the opportunity to reach their full potential as successful adults,” said Cllr Charlotte Haitham Taylor, Wokingham Borough Council's executive member for children's services.
“We have a real need to find homes for children and young people in Wokingham Borough. I would like to encourage more people to act now and come forward to talk to us about becoming a foster carer.”
Foster carers are as different as the children we look after. You can be married or single, a home owner or rent, gay or heterosexual, religious or non-practising. What matters most is you are the right family for our child or children.
If you have a spare room, and are over 21, you can apply to be a foster carer.
Talk to the council’s placement team to find out more. The process is quicker than people think and they could be helping to create a positive future for a child or young person.
Contact recruitment officers Jackie or Alison on (0118) 974 6204, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, visit the council's fostering webpage, click on Facebook Fostering Wokingham, or come along to the information event.