Seeking those to take on the vital role of helping local children to live a life they deserve, GCC Fostering has launched a new campaign breaking down some of the myths and misconceptions around fostering, showing that there is no such thing as a ‘typical’ foster carer.
Currently, some 870 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.
Through a series of case study videos, the council is sharing real stories of some of the foster carers who live in different areas of the county, specialising in caring for different children and young people.
The positive and empowering 'Storyteller' campaign aims to raise awareness and dispel the myths surrounding eligibility, spreading the word that fostering is open to anyone over 21 regardless of race or religion; whether single or in a relationship; in employment or otherwise; whether they rent or own their home; from an LGBTQ+ background; claiming benefits; and more.
If you decided to go ahead with fostering, to help you on the journey Gloucestershire County Council will allocate an experienced social worker who is there just to support you and will be in contact regularly.
You will also be able to ask for extra assistance from a team of family support workers when you need it, as well as having access to an out-of-hours service that provides help in an emergency.
receive generous payments that recognise the professional nature of fostering,
as well as additional allowances to cover holidays, birthdays and any religious
festivals of the children in their care.
What's more, you will be provided with a comprehensive programme of local training that begins as soon as you apply to foster, giving you the skills you need to make a difference to the lives of vulnerable children.
For more information call (01242) 532654, visit gloucestershire.gov.uk/fostering or alternatively, email email@example.com.