Find out more about fostering at an event in Rugby

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STAFF from Warwickshire Fostering Service will be at Rugby’s Clock Towers Shopping Centre on Monday offering advice and information to potential caters.

The team will be at the shopping centre on Monday from 11am to 2pm. They want to meet anyone considering fostering but are particularly keen to hear from people who are able to consider providing permanent care for brothers and sisters aged 4-11.

Permanent carers look after children who are unable to live with their own families (for whom adoption is not suitable) and offer children and young people a foster family who will care for them throughout their childhood and provide ongoing support as they grow into young adults.

Permanent carers for siblings typically offer a home for two or three children from the same family and the fostering service are calling out to prospective carers who can meet this commitment. To be considered as permanent carers, people need at least one spare double bedroom and can demonstrate that will offer the security and stability of a permanent family whilst helping children stay in touch with their own family.

Financial support, training opportunities and social work support is provided for all Warwickshire foster carers who care for children on placements ranging from a few weeks to others that last for many years.

Kelly Furness from Warwickshire’s Fostering Service said: “Fostering is a valuable and rewarding career for carers and their families.

“There is no blueprint for a typical foster carer. Almost anyone can do it if they have time, space, commitment, patience, a caring nature and skills to work with children and families.

“My colleagues and I are looking forward to meeting people next Monday to tell them more about how they can get involved.”

If you are interested in finding out more but cannot attend event please contact the team on 0800 4081556 or visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/fostering.