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Eal­ing Coun­cil is ask­ing lo­cal res­i­dents to open their homes and hearts to lo­cal chil­dren in care. The UK is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a short­age of foster car­ers and this is no dif­fer­ent within Eal­ing: on av­er­age 15 chil­dren, in Eal­ing, are taken into care each month. Eal­ing Coun­cil is look­ing for in­di­vid­u­als and cou­ples that can pro­vide a safe and sta­ble en­vi­ron­ment to chil­dren and young peo­ple in their care. If you en­joy car­ing for chil­dren, fos­ter­ing is an op­por­tu­nity to make a real dif­fer­ence to the lives of lo­cal chil­dren. The chil­dren are of all ages, from ba­bies to young peo­ple pre­par­ing to be­come in­de­pen­dent. They come from dif­fer­ent back­grounds and may be on their own or with sib­lings. Some of the chil­dren may also have dis­abil­i­ties or other spe­cial needs. Eal­ing Coun­cil un­der­stands that whilst re­ward­ing, fos­ter­ing can some­times be a chal­leng­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, so its fos­ter­ing team pro­vides ac­cess to sup­port 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The coun­cil also pro­vides an ex­ten­sive train­ing pro­gramme en­abling you to gain a na­tion­ally recog­nised qual­i­fi­ca­tion. You can also de­velop the skills you may al­ready have, as well as gain­ing new skills to help you in your role as a foster carer. Inad­di­tion­to­sup­por­t­and­train­ing,Ealin­gof­fer­al­lowances of be­tween £257 to £446 per week de­pen­dent on the age of the child and your ex­pe­ri­ence. They also of­fer respite, hol­i­day and re­ten­tion al­lowances, sub­ject to qual­i­fy­ing cri­te­ria. For those who are al­ready ap­proved foster car­ers, Eal­ing Coun­cil may be able to fast-track their as­sess­ment. Monthly in­for­ma­tion ses­sions are held at Eal­ing Town Hall. Each ses­sion pro­vides an over­view of what fos­ter­ing in­volves, the dif­fer­ent fos­ter­ing ser­vices pro­vided through the coun­cil as well as the jour­ney to ap­proval, in­clud­ing train­ing and as­sess­ment. For more in­for­ma­tion about fos­ter­ing or to book your place at an in­for­ma­tion ses­sion, call Freep­hone

0800 731 6550 or email fos­ter­adopt@eal­ al­ter­na­tively you can visit www.eal­

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