Merton Council is having a foster information evening for people interested in becoming carers on Tuesday 27 January at Morden Baptist Church, 6-8pm.
On the day, visitors will be able to speak to Merton’s foster team about the role of a carer and what the assessment process involves. There will also be details about the support from the council available to carers and about the finances involved.
Following a Fostering Network event last week in north London, that saw a high profile visit from The Duchess of Cambridge, the council is calling for more carers to step forward. There is an urgent need for teenagers, disabled children and siblings to be looked after.
Every day more than 63,000 children live with over 52,500 foster families across the UK, while they are unable to live at home. These children have often experienced neglect and abuse, or have witnessed domestic or substance abuse. Foster carers can provide these children with the love, support and stability they need.
Merton’s cabinet member for children’s services, Councillor Maxi Martin, said: “It is good that The Duchess of Cambridge has raised the public profile of fostering. In Merton we are in need of more carers to come forward and provide a loving and stable environment for children to grow up in. Our expert fostering team will be on hand to speak to residents at the information evening who think they may be able to become foster carers and let them know about what’s involved.”