SOME 700 children in Warwickshire are in urgent need of foster homes in the county.
The youngsters have entered the care of Warwickshire County Council over the past year for a variety of reasons – including while their parents receive support in order to care for them properly; when the child’s safety and welfare is a concern; or when removed from their home by the police or the courts.
The council’s fostering service urgently needs more foster carers who live in Warwickshire or close to the county border to help care for the children and give them a stable family home.
Operations manager Tracy Avill, from Warwickshire Fostering Service, said: “Unfortunately due to the lack of foster carers, we have had to place children outside Warwickshire with private fostering agencies, at an increased cost emotionally to the child and a financial cost to the local authority.
“We want to avoid using private agencies and urgently need Warwickshire foster carers to care for our local children. Warwickshire foster carers are always considered first when we are searching for a placements for our children.”
She added the service would also welcome talking to existing foster carers about the possibility of transferring to Warwickshire Fostering Service.
The fostering service offers a range of fostering placements from emergency care, short term to long term placements, family link respite breaks, parent and child placements to fostering of siblings.
Foster carers will receive support from a dedicated fostering social worker and social care worker as well as monthly support groups.
To read about the experiences of young people in care and foster carers visit the Warwickshire Fostering Service website (www.warwickshire.gov.uk/fostering) or Facebook page (Warwickshire-County-Council-Fostering).
Visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/fostering or call the Central Fostering hotline on Freephone 0800 408 1556 for further information about fostering.