Merton Council will be out and about this Foster Care Fortnight (16-27 May), visiting the borough’s town centres to talk to people about fostering children and young people in Merton, with particular focus on providing a loving home to siblings.
Experts will be on hand at the five roadshows to offer advice and guidance on the fostering process so people wanting to provide a loving home to young people in the borough, who are not able to live with their birth family, are well informed about the financial and advisory support they can expect from the council.
The roadshows are on the following dates:
18 May 10am – 4pm Iceland in Morden
24 May 6.30pm – 8.30pm at Morden Baptist Church
25 May 10am – 4pm Mitcham High Street
27 May 10am – 4pm Tandem Centre, Colliers Wood
The council’s magazine My Merton ran a Five minutes with… interview with a foster carer in the spring edition (back cover) with local foster carer Evelyn Marshall.
Merton’s current interim cabinet member for children’s services Councillor Judy Saunders said: “Fostering can be very rewarding, but inevitably there are challenges when you’re looking after young people who, for one reason or another, can’t live with their birth family. These roadshows are a great opportunity for anyone, who may think they would like to provide a loving and safe home for young people, to ask us about what’s involved in fostering.”
More information on fostering in Merton is available on the council’s website.
Note to editors
From full council on 18 May, Councillor Katy Neep will be cabinet member for children’s services.