Find out about fostering
Published: Friday 14th September 18
Meet the council’s fostering team and find out whether a career as a foster carer is for you at a town hall event later this month.
The council offers a range of support and training to help people meet the challenges involved and provide the stable, caring environment in which young people can thrive. Carers also receive allowances and fees to cover the financial costs involved.
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.
The council is constantly in need of new recruits to replace those who are retiring from fostering and to help look after the growing number of children in need of care – including teenagers and groups of siblings. Single foster carers, or at least one member of a couple, must be aged between 25 and 60 and be in good health.
Stephen has been Wandsworth foster carer for six years and has had five long-term placements. He said: "I consider fostering to be my opportunity to give back to someone who is having a difficult time. If you come into fostering for the right reasons you will succeed and the rewards will be overwhelming, beyond what money can buy you.”
The council’s spokesman for children’s services, Sarah McDermott, said: “Foster carers play an absolutely crucial role by providing a stable, loving home for a child or young person who needs it most. It’s a rewarding job that can make a real difference to somebody’s life.”
There are three upcoming events on September 20, October 18 and November 1 at Wandsworth Town Hall. You can go along to one of three sessions: 10am-noon, 2pm-4pm or 6pm-8pm.
To find out more, and book your place
· Call: (020) 8871 6666
· Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
· Facebook: wandsworthfostering
· Visit: www.wandsworth.gov.uk/fostering