People in Rugby will have the chance to find out more about foster care thanks to an event in Rugby town centre on Friday, May 20.
The information drop-in event coincides with national foster care fortnight and staff members from Warwickshire County Council’s fostering service will be on hand to chat to members of the public in the Clock Towers shopping centre from 11am to 2pm.
They will provide information on the different types of fostering placements available and answer any questions people may have about becoming a foster carer.
The Rugby event is one of several in Warwickshire aimed at encouraging more people to consider fostering as a career.
Nicky Johnson, a local foster carer, said: “Being a foster carer takes hard work and commitment but you receive the rewards.
“My time as a foster carer has been brilliant and the euphoria you experience when things go right outweigh any negatives. It is a full-time job but these children need a chance.
“They are individuals who want to be loved just as much as they want to love.”
Foster carers can be single or couples (with or without children), retired, unemployed or working. What matters most is that potential carers have time, space, commitment, patience, a caring nature and the skills to work with children and their families.
Full training and support is given to foster carers, who are matched to one or more of the different foster care schemes, depending on what suits their lifestyles and commitments. Carers are paid an allowance which reflects the real cost of looking after a child.
Anybody who is interested but unable to attend the event in Rugby can contact Central Fostering on freephone 0800 408 1556.