Could you foster a child?

Milton Keynes Council is inviting local people to find out more about how they can offer much needed support to children and young people in care by becoming a foster carer.

The Fostering Team from Children and Young People’s Services is holding two informal drop-in sessions on Tuesday 1 February and Thursday 3 February for anyone who would like to find out more. Both sessions will take place between 6pm and 7.30pm at the council’s Saxon Court reception area, 502 Avebury Boulevard. Staff and experienced carers will be on hand to have a chat and answer any questions.

The council is particularly looking for people who could care for young people aged 12 years old and above who present the most challenging behaviour. A specialist social worker will be available on both evenings to discuss how you may be suitable to care for these young people as well as tell you about the enhanced fostering fee you will receive.

Jane Partridge, fostering manager, said: “Foster carers come from all walks of life. We welcome anyone who thinks they may be interested to come along and meet us. Becoming a carer is a big decision to make. Prospective carers may feel daunted but we provide all carers with professional training and support before they take a young person into their home. Our carers also receive a generous fee and fostering allowance for their time and dedication which has a huge impact on the outcomes and life chances for our children and young people.”

In 2011 Foster Care Fortnight will run from 16 to 29 May and invites everyone from political leaders to the general public to get behind fostering and support children in care.

For further information about the drop in events please call the fostering team on 01908 253206 or visit them online at www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/fostering .

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