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Foster carers needed in Staffordshire

Thursday, April 6th, 2017 6:00am

Staffordshire County Council says like a lot of areas, they are facing a foster carer shortage.

They are currently trying to recruit 60 more, particularly in the North Staffordshire and Moorlands areas.

An information session is being held at Westwood Golf Club in Leek tonight (6 April), and consisting of a presentation by a Fostering Social Worker followed by a question and answer session with current foster carers. 

Amanda Fritz, Fostering Manager at Staffordshire County Council, said: “Fostering is one of the most rewarding things you can do and can give a young person the chance of a better start in life. Lots of our foster families tell us it’s the best thing they have ever done and gives them the feeling that they are making a real difference.

“We are always looking for new foster families to come forward and coming along to one of the information sessions could be your first step in becoming a foster carer.

"You will have the opportunity to have a coffee and a chat with foster carers and social workers in a relaxed environment and be able to find out what’s involved and about the support and training you will receive."

As well as the support and training from the service all new foster carers are allocated an experienced foster carer as a mentor, and receive an allowance that covers the cost of caring for a child in their home.

 

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