Merton Council are marking this year’s national campaign, Foster Care Fortnight by renewing their appeal for new foster carers to come forward and help transform the lives of hundreds of children. There are over 43,000 foster families in England and Merton urgently needs at least 20 families to look after lone children and young people especially teenagers, sibling groups, or unaccompanied asylum-seeking children who are in desperate need of a caring home environment.
Many people rule themselves out before applying to foster. However, regardless of age, ethnicity, marital status, sexuality or personal circumstances, fostering is an opportunity for anyone aged over 21 years who has a spare bedroom and some childcare experience.
Time, patience, resilience and understanding are essential qualities for fostering a child, as well as a sense of humour! Fostering is about more than just parenting – you will be part of a team of people working with parents and social workers to care for children to improve their lives.
Merton Council will be running roadshows across the borough, so that people can find out more about what fostering involves. Come and have a chat with the team and find out more about fostering with us. The London Borough of Merton was rated ‘Good with outstanding features in 2017. We’re very proud that many of our foster carers stay with us for years.
Head of Merton Fostering, Liz Broughton said “Fostering is a really rewarding task and we are keen to increase our pool of carers”. Do join us at one of our roadshow events for more information and see how you can change a child’s life forever.”
24th May 10.00am- 1.30pm Civic Centre, Merton
26th May 10.00am – 1.30pm Wimbledon Pizza
To find out more about fostering, visit: www.merton.gov.uk/fostering Call: 0800 073 0874 or 020 8545 4070 or email firstname.lastname@example.org