A special event is being held for anyone who wants to know more about the rewarding role of fostering.
Foster carers work alongside the council supporting cared for children to achieve their full potential in safe and secure environments; providing the stable and loving homes they need.
The event is being held at the Royal Toby hotel in Castleton on Wednesday, 19 February 2020 from 4pm-8pm, where anyone interested in fostering can find out more about it and hear from current foster carers and council staff about the approval process and what the role involves.
'Becoming a foster carer is the best thing we've done. I wish we'd done it sooner'
Foster carer Tammi has been fostering with us for over 4 years with her husband, and Tammi will be one of the carers at the event to speak to people who are interested in fostering. She said: "I feel privileged to be a part of the events such as this, they are very important to get the message out to the community and share our experiences. I want to help people understand and remove unsureness and stigma of our roles and get across how fully supported we are. There are so many families that need our help, if I help recruit just one carer I would feel like I have really accomplished something.
"Becoming a foster carer is the best thing we've done. I wish we'd done it sooner because it is so rewarding watching the children settle in and begin to thrive and accomplishing there new adventures and overcoming some hurdles."
Foster carers come from a diverse range of backgrounds regardless of sexuality, ethnicity, religion or marital status. The council has worked with a wide range of people; providing homes for children with heterosexual couples, same sex couples, families who already have children and single foster carers.
'Our foster carers are absolutely tremendous in the support, stability and love they give to our cared for children, we are so grateful to them'
Cabinet member for children's services, Councillor Kieran Heakin, said: "Our foster carers are absolutely tremendous in the support, stability and love they give to our cared for children, we are so grateful to them. We always need more foster carers, so if you've been thinking about starting this wonderful journey with us then just come along and chat to our friendly team at this information session. We know it's a huge decision to be a foster carer that's why events like this are invaluable, especially the opportunity to speak to our carers like Tammi."
If you are over 21 and have a spare room, then the fostering team would love to see you at the information event.