‘Fos­ter­ing was best de­ci­sion we ever made’

In­for­ma­tion avail­able for new car­ers

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

TO mark this year’s Foster Care Fort­night, Hilling­don Coun­cil hope to en­cour­age res­i­dents to find out more about be­com­ing a foster carer.

The coun­cil will show­case the com­mit­ment, pas­sion and ded­i­ca­tion of the bor­ough’s foster car­ers and en­cour­age any­one con­sid­er­ing fos­ter­ing to come for­ward and ex­plore their op­tions, dur­ing the fort­night which runs un­til May 29.

In Hilling­don, there is a greater need for foster car­ers for older chil­dren, broth­ers and sis­ters, chil­dren with ad­di­tional or com­plex needs and un­ac­com­pa­nied asy­lum­seek­ing chil­dren.

Cllr David Sim­monds, Cab­i­net Mem­ber for Ed­u­ca­tion and Chil­dren’s Ser­vices, said: “In Hilling­don our foster car­ers of­fer chil­dren sta­bil­ity, care and a lov­ing home.

“If you’ve ever con­sid­ered fos­ter­ing, I would en­cour­age you to come along to one of our in­for­ma­tion events for an in­for­mal chat and ac­cess to all the in­for­ma­tion you need.”

Across the UK, ev­ery 20 min­utes, a child comes into care and is in need of a foster fam­ily.

Hilling­don foster car­ers, Alan and Les­ley, shared their ex­pe­ri­ence of fos­ter­ing, which they say is the ‘best de­ci­sion’ they ever made.

They said: “We talked about fos­ter­ing for a few months then talked to our son about the idea and de­cided as a fam­ily it would be some­thing we would like to try as we had a spare bed­room, so we went ahead and started the process with Hilling­don Coun­cil.

“Here we are – now eleven and a half years later – and we can hon­estly say it’s the best de­ci­sion we ever made.

“If any­one is think­ing about fos­ter­ing, we would say go ahead and give it a try you have noth­ing to lose, only things to gain.”

If you’d like to find out more about fos­ter­ing with Hilling­don Coun­cil visit intu Uxbridge Shop­ping Cen­tre (lower level near Deben­hams and new Look), High Street, Uxbridge, UB8 1LA on Wednesday (May 25), Thurs­day (May 26) and Fri­day (May 27).

Drop in times for Wednesday and Fri­day are 9.30am to 7pm, and Thurs­day is 9.30am to 8pm.

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