Drive to re­cruit more foster car­ers

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Yourviews -

● HAL­TON Coun­cil has joined forces with War­ring­ton, Cheshire East, and Cheshire West And Ch­ester coun­cils to launch a col­lab­o­ra­tive project to re­cruit more foster car­ers.

The ser­vice, known as ‘Foster4’, op­er­ates across the four Cheshire lo­cal au­thor­i­ties and aims to re­cruit more foster car­ers, as well as pro­vide greater sup­port, train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and ben­e­fits.

A spokes­woman for the scheme said: “By in­creas­ing our pool of in-house car­ers we can pro­vide the best pos­si­ble care for those chil­dren and young peo­ple who need it most.

“Our com­mit­ment to im­prov­ing the lives of cared for chil­dren is more than a pri­or­ity, it is the way in which we be­have, think and feel about our young peo­ple in ev­ery as­pect of our work.

“Col­lab­o­rat­ing with our part­ners across Cheshire means we en­sure these chil­dren can stay with lo­cal peo­ple we know well and who can keep them close to what is fa­mil­iar, such as their school.

“This gives them the best pos­si­ble foun­da­tion to shape their fu­ture hap­pi­ness and well­be­ing.”

Foster car­ers are self­em­ployed and can ex­press a pref­er­ence for the type of fos­ter­ing they would like to un­der­take.

Foster4 also pro­vides all the train­ing re­quired to be­come a foster carer.

‘Be­come a Foster Carer’ in­for­ma­tion ses­sions are now tak­ing place across Cheshire.

Res­i­dents can learn more at www.foster4.co. uk, which of­fers a one stop shop where prospec­tive foster car­ers can re­quest in­for­ma­tion.

There is also a ded­i­cated Face­book page, @ Foster4cheshire, where those in­ter­ested in fos­ter­ing, and ex­ist­ing car­ers, can keep up to date with the lat­est news.

Fos­ter­ing fam­i­lies at the Foster4 web­site launch at Sto­ry­house, Ch­ester, demon­strat­ing how fos­ter­ing fam­i­lies come in dif­fer­ent shapes and sizes

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