Essex to celebrate Foster Care fortnight

News / Wed 30th Apr 2014 at 08:49am

FOSTER Care Fortnight, the UK’s biggest fostering campaign will run from Monday 12 to Sunday 25 May 2014 with members of the public being asked if they could consider fostering.

Here in Essex we are aiming to recruit another 100 foster carers and are particularly appealing for carers who are willing to consider caring for teenagers, children with disabilities and sibling groups of three or more.

The children and young people who are in foster care will have had to overcome many challenges in their lives and will need lots of support and understanding. They need foster carers who enjoy spending time with children and can share fun with them.

There is no ‘typical’ foster carer and the Council welcomes applicants who have a wide range of skills and experience to offer.
You can be single or in a heterosexual or same sex partnership. You need a stable home but it can be rented. No particular qualifications are necessary but foster carers will need to be available before and after school as well as in the school holidays (unless providing respite care only). Unless fostering children under the age of two, you will also need a spare room for the child or sibling group.

Essex County Council is holding four recruitment events across the county where members of the public can meet the fostering recruitment team and experienced foster carers and find out what it is really like to foster.

These are being held at:

Saturday 17 May, 11am, Miami Hotel, Princes Road, Chelmsford, CM2 9AJ
Tuesday 20 May, 7pm, Holiday Inn Basildon, Cranes Farm Road, Waterfront Walk, Basildon, SS14 3DG
Thursday 22 May, 7pm, Latton Bush Centre, Southern Way, Harlow, CM18 7BL
Saturday 24 May, 11am, Essex House, Colchester Business Park, 200 The Crescent, CO4 9YQ
There will also be information stands at the following venues where experienced carers will be available for an informal chat. These will be staffed from 10am t0 2pm:

· Tuesday 13 May, Clacton Town Square

· Tuesday 13 May, Asda, Harlow

· Tuesday 13 May, Waltham Abbey Town Centre

· Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 May, Chelmsford Town Centre

· Wednesday 14 May, Rayleigh Market, Rayleigh

· Wednesday 14 May, Basildon town Centre (outside Marks and Spencer)

· Thursday 15 May, Clacton Leisure Centre, Vista Road, Clacton

· Thursday 15 May, Jackson Square Shopping Centre, Bishops Stortford

· Thursday 15 May, Knightswick Shopping Centre, Canvey Island

· Friday 16 May, Clacton Community Voluntary Service Office

· Saturday 17 May, Basildon Town Centre (Fountain Square)

· Tuesday 20 May, Colchester Waitrose, St Andrews Avenue

All foster carers receive full training, on-going support and a generous package of allowances and fees. They are never expected to ‘go it alone’ and are always part of a team of professionals working alongside the County Council to support children and families. Fostering for Essex County Council helps to ensure that children are placed locally and can remain close to their school, friends and family.

Councillor Dick Madden, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services said: “This Foster Care Fortnight is about challenging the stereotypes about who can and can’t foster and encouraging people of all backgrounds and skills to come forward. If you’re interested in finding out more about fostering then call in to one of our many events for a chat and meet some of our existing carers.”

For more information on fostering call 0800 801 530 or visit www.essex.gov.uk/fostering

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