Make fostering a child your New Year’s resolution

As Merton residents start thinking ahead to the New Year, the council is reminding people of the difference they can make by opening their home to a child.

Foster carers are needed in the borough, particularly for siblings, teenagers and children with disabilities.

People from all cultures and backgrounds can be good foster parents. The marital status, sexuality, race and religion of a potential carer will not determine the outcome of an application.

Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Councillor Debbie Shears, says: “The key issue of concern to Merton Council is whether or not a person can provide a stable and loving environment for a child. Fostering can be an extremely rewarding experience and the borough’s residents have the opportunity to make a positive difference to a young person’s life. I would urge people to open their homes and their hearts in 2008.”

Respite carers are also needed to look after children with a disability for short periods, on a regular basis. For example, for one weekend a month. This gives families in challenging situations a break from their full time care responsibilities.

Anyone interested in becoming a foster carer is encouraged to contact the Fostering Team on 020 8545 4277.