Interested In Fostering Children In Stoke-on-Trent

An “Ëœoutstanding’ rated fostering service is offering free advice sessions to people thinking about becoming foster carers.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s Fostering Service is holding drop-in events for local people interested in providing a home to a local vulnerable child.

The drop-in sessions will take place at Trentham Business Centre, Bellringer Road every Friday morning from February 4 until the end of March 2011. Interested members of the public can drop in for a chat anytime between 9.30am and 12.30pm.

The events are open to all members of the community over the age of 21 who can provide a safe and stable home for a local child and to help them maintain links with their family, friends, school and community.

“We welcome applications from all sections of the community. Fostering can be an extremely rewarding vocation. You don’t need to have a big house, be employed or even married; you just need a desire to make a positive difference to a child’s life.”

The council has 189 general foster carers including 21 respite carers, and 34 family and friends foster carers who together care for 217 children.

“In December 2010 our Fostering Service was awarded the highest rating from Ofsted, so our foster carers can expect to receive the best possible training, help and support.”

More information please call 01782 234555 or visit www.stoke.gov.uk/fostering.

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