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More foster carers desperately needed

SOLIHULL Council is appealing for more foster carers to help support and care for children across the borough.

SOLIHULL Council is appealing for more foster carers to help support and care for children across the borough.

The council is holding an information evening on Wednesday, March 4, for anyone interested in fostering, and people of all ages and backgrounds, whether they are married, or single, are encouraged to come along.

The event is taking place at Jubilee House on Auckland Drive, Smith’s Wood, between 7pm-9pm.

Jo Gardiner-Damms has been fostering for the council for over 10 years, and will be at the information evening to talk about her role as a carer.

Jo said “I have cared for 34 children and young people aged between two weeks and 17 years who, for many different reasons, were unable to live at home. Each of them brought new challenges and joys to our family, and hopefully they gained a little something from us to help them on their own journey through life.”

The council offers 24 hour support to all carers as well as financial assistance, ongoing training and the opportunity to gain an NVQ Level 3 in caring for children and young people.

Cabinet member for education, children and young people, Councillor Ken Meeson said: “Fostering makes a real difference to a child’s life and we need more people to foster so that more children can enjoy a brighter future.

Anyone can apply to become carer as long as they have the skills, qualities, and experience required to look after children.” For more information, contact the fostering team on 0800 073 0769 or e-mail ssplace@solihull.gov.uk.

 

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