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Families looking for a new challenge urged to consider fostering

Written by on 15 October 2020

With children back at school, and some teenagers flying the nest or off to university, many parents can feel ready to take on a new challenge.

Staffordshire County Council’s fostering service  is now asking people could being a foster carer be that next challenge?

The service needs to recruit around 60 new families this year and has an urgent need to find families for teenagers and sibling groups.

A series of virtual information events is planned for the next three months.

Mark Sutton, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People at Staffordshire County Council said: “Our foster families accomplish incredible things every day, even in the face of a global crisis like Coronavirus.

“This can be the time of year when people think about doing something different with their lives or taking on a new adventure or challenge, especially with children back at school or off to university.

“There’s no doubt that fostering could be the challenge people are looking for, but with the right attributes like good communication skills, patience it can also be one of the most rewarding things you’ll ever  do.

“While we currently need carers for children of all ages, we have a particular need for carers for teenagers and sibling groups.  If fostering sounds like it could be your next challenge, then joining one of our virtual information events will help you take that first step.”

There are many different types of fostering including, long-term, weekend, short-term and resilience fostering.

The next virtual fostering information event will be on Thursday 22 October at 6.30pm. The session will be run over Microsoft Teams and people can sign up at www.fosterforstaffordshire.co.uk  More information on fostering is also available on the website or by calling 0800 169 2061.