It's a brand-new year and you may have some new year's resolutions on the cards, including the decision to take positive steps towards helping vulnerable children - so if you're looking for guidance to start your fostering journey, join Gloucestershire County Council’s latest in-person information session.
Taking place at Stroud Farmers' Market on Saturday 28 January 2023 from 9am to 2pm, anyone interested in finding out more about what fostering entails is invited to attend and speak to one of the council's team and an experienced foster carer about how fostering can work for you.
Some 850 children of all ages are currently in care in Gloucestershire, and finding local foster carers is essential in ensuring that youngsters can stay at the schools of their choice and close to friends and family.
To enlighten you about the road ahead, the session will cover various types of foster care, eligibility criteria, the process of becoming a foster carer, personal stories of fostering, as well as the support available and foster care pay.
There will also be some information to take away to read to help you decide the right move going forward in your fostering journey.
Fostering is open to anyone over 21 regardless of race, religion or sexuality; whether single or in a relationship; in employment or otherwise; whether they rent or own their home. So, if you are considering fostering in the future – or thinking of applying soon – this session is for you.
For more information, call (01242) 532654 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.