Merton’s fostering team will be hitting the roads in the Jeremiah Project’s Hope Bus this Foster Care Fortnight, stopping at town centres across the borough to talk to shoppers and residents about how to become a foster carer and to answer any questions about fostering that they may have.
The first stop will be at the Tandem Centre, Colliers Wood on Saturday 6 June before moving on to the Civic Centre, Morden on Wednesday 10 June. Shoppers will be able to have their questions answered on Friday 12 June when the bus pulls into Wimbledon Piazza with the last stop of the roadshow at Mitcham Carnival, Saturday 13 June.
The roadshow is part of the council’s drive to find 20 families for Merton children who need a loving and supportive family. To become a foster carer you need to have experience of caring for young people, a spare bedroom as well as patience and understanding. The council is there to support its foster carers throughout the entire process and once a carer is approved help is still available at all times.
Merton’s cabinet member for children’s services, Councillor Maxi Martin, said: “We are appealing for people who can offer a loving and stable home to come forward and be carers for our children. The fostering roadshow is the perfect opportunity to find out more about becoming a carer and the support available to foster parents. Caring for a child at any age can be a challenge but providing a home for child who needs it can be very rewarding.”