Foster with care
May 15, 2008
A shortage of foster carers in Bracknell has prompted the council to join a national campaign.
Bracknell Forest Borough Council reckons it must recruit at least five new fostering households this year to help look after teenagers who need support.
A series of event as part of Foster Care Fortnight, which takes place until Sunday, May 35, will aim to highlight the benefits of fostering on a short or long term basis.
"We have a number of teenagers currently in need of a placement," Penny reuter, chief offcier for children's social care at the council, said.
"We need to recruit at least five new fostering households this year, and we particularly need carers for teenagers.
""Teenagers can move out of their homes for any number of reasons.
"Sometimes they may just need a break outside the family before returning home.
"Sometimes, they need to stay in foster care longer term.
"But whatever their individual circumstances, we really need people who can offer a stable and supportive environment for teenagers."
As part of the campaign, the council's family placement team will have an information stand by the water fountain in Charles Square between 9.30am and 3.30pm next Wednesday to raise awareness of fostering and answer questions from passers-by.
"Anyone over 21 can apply to foster - gender, marital status, disability, sexuality, religion, ethnicity, employment status or home ownership don't matter," councillor Gareth Barnard, head of children's services, said.
"If people have even considered fostering, they shouldn't hesitate in calling the family placement team.
"It could be one of the most important phone calls they ever make and could change a child or young persons life forever."
The package for foster carers includes:
- excellent support throughout the training and assessment process and beyond;
- paid respite;
- financial allowances, with extra allowance for training and NVQs gained;
- a local carers' support group;
- out of hours and emergency support; and
- a dedicated social worker for each carer.
Later in the summer, on July 16, the family placement team will also hold an two-hour open evening at the Bracknell Family Centre in Warfield Road staring at 7pm.
For information, please call the council on 01344 351582 or visit www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk.