Could you foster for Poole? Residents are invited to find the answer to this question and many more at an information evening to be held on Wednesday 13 December.
Taking place at the Civic Centre in the Cattistock Room from 7-9pm, there will be a presentation at 7.15pm followed by an opportunity to chat with the social care team. The evening will provide potential foster carers with everything they need to know about starting the journey to providing care for some of Poole’s most vulnerable children.
Fostering includes short and long term placements, respite care and Supported Lodgings, which involves offering accommodation in a home environment for young people aged between 16 and 21. Borough of Poole is also looking emergency foster carers and for new recruits to the Shared Care programme, which provides regular short breaks for children who have physical or learning disabilities.
Cllr Mike White, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Children, Young People and Capital Projects, Borough of Poole, said: “There are many myths out there about fostering, and people may have been put off in the past as they think they would not be accepted as a foster carer. In fact, we’re looking for foster carers from all types of backgrounds, and can provide support, training and mentoring to anyone looking to welcome a child into their home.
“I’d encourage anyone thinking about becoming a foster carer to come along to the information evening.”
Foster carers can come from all types of backgrounds, and income, ethnicity, gender, age and working patterns are not usually barriers – and neither is having a disability or whether or not you own your own home. Carers can be individuals, couples and same sex couples in a stable relationship.