Plea for foster carers
PUBLISHED: 20:00 16 May 2011
AN urgent plea for foster carers has been issued after new figures reveal 20 more are needed to look after the growing number of young people in care in the district.
North Somerset Council released the statistics this week to coincide with the national Time to Care campaign which runs until May 29.
The authority is holding six information stalls around the area, which will be hosted by foster carers, social workers and young people in care.
These will culminate in an information evening at Castle Batch Primary School on May 26 which will include a presentation on fostering and the chance to meet carers.
Louise Calcutt, who has been a foster carer for two years, said: “What often stops people coming forward to foster is a concern about what the children are really like.
“People hold a lot of prejudices, particularly about teenagers so our roadshow aims to shine some light on that.”
Katie Warren went into foster care at 14 and is now working for the council supporting young people who are currently in care.
She said: “You’ve got to have an open mind. Crucially, it’s about letting them know that you’re not going to give up on them. That way, you’ll make the difference that counts.”
The roadshow kicks off with a stall at Worle High Street on Wednesday from 11.30am to 2.30pm.
More information on all the dates and venues is available online at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/fostering or by calling the fostering team on 01275 888 999.