Have you thought about fostering?

Published: Thursday 16th February 17

Wandsworth is keen to hear from residents considering a career as a foster carer.

The council offers ongoing support and training to help people meet the challenges involved and provide the stable, caring environment in which young people can thrive.

Carers receive allowances and fees to cover the financial costs involved an get ongoing training and continuous support from a dedicated social worker.

Spokesman for education and children, Cllr Kathy Tracey, said:

“Foster carers are doing such an important job and we truly appreciate each and every one of them. It’s not an easy job, but we do all we can to support our carers. I would urge everyone considering fostering as a career to have a chat and find out more. There’s no obligation to take matters any further if you feel it’s not for you.”

Carers can be married or single, gay or straight, a homeowner or renting, and from any cultural background.  All they need is a spare bedroom and a willingness to provide a home for a child in need. Single foster carers, or at least one member of a couple, must be aged between 25 and 60 and be in good health. 

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