Open your heart and change a young life forever

Merton residents can make the difference in a child’s or young person’s life by becoming their foster carer.

The borough needs carers who can commit their time to provide a safe and stable family environment for children in care while their own parents are unable to do so – especially in the case of teenagers, sibling groups and children with special needs or disabilities.

There are different types of fostering – on a short-term or long-term basis – depending on the child’s needs. Respite carers are also needed, to look after children for short periods on a regular basis. This gives parents a break, helping them to cope with the strains of life.

There is no such thing as a typical foster carer – Merton welcomes carers from all cultures and backgrounds, regardless of marital status, sexuality, race or religion.

More information can be found at or through the Fostering Team on 020 8545 4277.

Councillor Debbie Shears, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, says: “There are many children in the borough in need of love and support. Merton Council is urging residents to open their hearts and give a positive contribution to a child’s life that can last forever.”