Time to find out about fostering
Council runs sessions for potential carers
HILLINGDON Council has organised a series of events to encourage people to find out more about becoming foster carers.
Part of the national Foster Care Fortnight, events in the borough run from June 1 on the theme of ‘making a connection’.
The council will be hosting the information sessions throughout the fortnight.
From June 1 to 7, fostering drop-in sessions will be held at intu Uxbridge, in High Street. The sessions will take place outside HMV, on the shopping centre’s lower ground level, during opening hours. No booking is required.
On Friday, June 5, from 12.30pm to 2.30pm, there will be a drop-in information session at Hayes Muslim Centre, in Pump Lane, Hayes.
On Tuesday, June 9, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm, there will be a fostering information evening at the Civic Centre, in High Street, Uxbridge.
There are currently 329 children in care in Hillingdon and 92 foster carers.
The borough needs a range of foster carers: short-term, long-term, respite and parent and child. Carers who can look after children of various ages, ethnicities and backgrounds, in particular school age children and teenagers, including sibling groups and children with special or complex needs are required.
Councillor David Simmonds, cabinet member for education and children’s services, said: “There are lots of different reasons why children are unable to live with their birth families.
“It is thanks to our fantastic foster carers that these children can still have a loving and stable home life, but we need more prospective carers to come forward. “The information events are a great way to find out more about what is involved.” For more information, visit www.hillingdon.gov.uk/fostering
n CONSIDER FOSTER CARE: Information events will run in Uxbridge and
Hayes in early June
Jason Skarratt BPMSTF