“Can you offer a foster home to a child who needs to be looked after?”
That’s the question Wiltshire Council is asking, calling for more people to take up fostering and caring for children who desperately need the safety and security of a loving family home.
Sometimes, for different reasons, children can no longer live safely with their parents or families and so the council has to provide safe homes, short time or for longer.
Wiltshire Council has about 440 children in care at any one time.
The call coincides with Foster Care Fortnight, May 14 to 27, a UK campaign to find 7,000 families for children nationwide.
To become an approved Wiltshire foster carer, a person must be at least 21 and have a spare bedroom big enough for a child or young person.
They don’t need to own their home, and foster carers can come from all kinds of backgrounds, faiths and cultures.
There is no upper age limit, and single people can be foster carers. Foster parents don’t need qualifications – training and support is provided. Foster carers receive an age-related allowance for the child they are looking after and a fee which reflects their skills and experience.
More details: www.wiltshire.gov.uk/fostering or phone 01225 716510 (office hours) or 0300 456 0100 (out of hours).
An information evening is on October 30, 7pm to 8pm, Five Rivers Health and Wellbeing Centre, Salisbury