Council calls on parents to foster

Merton Council is calling on parents of children who have left home for university or moved into their own home, to consider fostering a child.

The council’s fostering team are encouraging those parents who may be missing having their home full of activity and liveliness that the younger generation brings, to get in touch and discuss the possibility of providing a loving and safe home to a young person who needs that stability.

Anyone who thinks they could offer a secure and loving home to a young person should contact the council on 020 8545 4070 or visit the council’s website.

Merton Council’s cabinet member for children’s services Councillor Maxi Martin said: “Many parents are at that stage in life when their own children are becoming more independent and are fleeing the nest.  Some find this quite a sad time as they miss having their children at home. All their invaluable experience of nurturing and bringing up their children is vital to caring for other children too.  Fostering can be a really rewarding experience, especially at a time when the house is feeling empty. Our fostering team is waiting to hear from anyone who thinks they could help with giving a loving home to a young person.”