Foster carers from across Merton will take part in the UK wide campaign, Foster Care Fortnight from 10th May.
Foster Care Fortnight is an annual campaign coordinated by the charity, The Fostering Network. Its aim is to highlight the shortage of foster carers, encourage more people to consider fostering, and recognize the valuable work of Merton’s existing foster carers.
Merton will hold an information event each day between the 10th and 21st May, from 11am to 2pm, in Merton Civic Centre. There will be opportunities to get first hand information about fostering from existing foster carers, as well as talk to members of Merton’s fostering team.
Candice Harper, Publicity and Information Officer for Merton said:
“Foster carers have a vital role to play in providing a caring and supportive environment to children, whilst problems at home are resolved. More foster carers in Merton would mean that we would be able to better match children with carers, according to their specific needs and backgrounds.
“Anyone can apply to become a foster carer, you don’t need to be married and you don’t have to own your own home. There are many different ways to get involved, it’s even possible to foster on a part-time basis.
“We urge people to come forward and find out more; fostering is an incredibly rewarding experience.”
Anyone who is interested can also find out more by calling the free phone number 0800 073 0874 or visiting http://www.merton.gov.uk/adoptionandfostering