Time to find out about fos­ter­ing

Coun­cil runs ses­sions for po­ten­tial car­ers

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Will Ack­er­mann will.ack­er­mann@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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

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