Still not enough foster carers in Wiltshire

Still not enough foster carers in Wiltshire

Published at 7:22am 15th May 2019.

Wiltshire Council currently has 165 foster families looking after children, but that's well short of what's really needed.

The local authority requires at least another 80 households to become foster carers in the next 18 months in order to meet demand.

Wiltshire Council is urging local people to help "change a future" as part of Foster Care Fortnight which began on Monday (13 May).

The current 165 foster households of all types are providing a vital service to children in care.

But the council's keen to encourage more foster carers to come forward as more people are needed to make a positive impact on the lives of children and young people.

Laura Mayes, cabinet member for children's services says:

"We are so grateful to our incredible foster carers who really do help change a future."

"We always need more people to be our foster carers and make a difference to a child's life. Take that first step to finding out more and we will support you every step of the way."

Fostering can take place in a number of ways including, supported lodgings and overnight short break care.

The council is looking to approve all types of foster carers, but in particular:

  • Those who can provide long term settled places for children to live
  • Those who have the skills to look after challenging children and teenagers
  • Supported lodgings providers
  • Overnight Short Break Care foster carers
  • Children and young people from overseas seeking refuge in the UK

There are more details on fostering on the Wiltshire Council website.

You can also find out more by calling 01225 716510 or out of hours: 0300 456 0100

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