Wiltshire Council needs to find 100 new foster carers

Wiltshire Council needs to find 100 new foster carers

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 12:37pm 7th May 2020.

3 minute read

The authority's started a campaign to recruit more households to help look after vulnerable children across the county.

Wiltshire Council's hoping to boost the number of foster families over the course of three years.

They've launched the campaign today (Thursday 7th May) ahead of Foster Care Fortnight, which begins next week (from Monday 11th May).

WHAT'S IT LIKE TO FOSTER?

Lucy and Rob, who are pictured above, foster young people as part of their family alongside children of their own.

They've shared their experiences in a new video: 

Rob explains what he's enjoyed about the process: 

"It's such a real privilege to be part of those formative years for that child and to be able to be a part of it is a wonderful experience. It can be a challenge but it's a real privilege for us." 

Wiltshire Council Fostering Steve and Julie
Foster couple Steve and Julie say fostering is 'lifechanging but worthwhile'

Steve and Julie have been fostering in Wiltshire for the last 18 months and Steve says it's rewarding:

"Fostering is lifechanging and you will need to be dedicated but it so worthwhile. Anyone who is interested in fostering would not be disappointed. It is such a rewarding career. You feel you are helping and making a difference in the lives of young people."

WHO CAN FOSTER?

Pretty much anyone is encouraged to help give vulnerable young people a loving home.

Wiltshire Council says 'all you need is a spare room, to be over 21 and to have space in your heart to foster'.

It doesn't matter about your marital status, ethnicity, sexual orientation or any other factors.

The authority's also working with the Government to speed up the process of completing fostering assessments to help children as quickly as possible. 

Cllr Pauline Church, Cabinet Member for Children, Education and Skills said:

"We have so many great foster carers making a real difference to the lives of our foster children, but we need more foster carers to look after young people of all ages across Wiltshire.

"We know people consider fostering because they want to make a difference, but we also want them to know they will be properly paid for the work they are doing as we value the incredible difference they can make to a child's life. This is a paid career and people can foster because they are properly supported."

Wiltshire Council's also made some changes to the pay structure for foster carers:

Wiltshire Council Fostering Pay Structure

FIND OUT MORE

There's a few ways to start the process of becoming a foster carer with Wiltshire Council: 

There's also a couple of online Q&A sessions being held by Wiltshire Council during May - on Tuesday 12th at 1.00pm and Thursday 21st at 7.30pm.

The login details for those will be shared on the authority's social media feeds.

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