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Information evening for those looking to foster

Solihull Council is holding an information event to help people find out more about becoming a foster carer.

The information evening, which is taking place at the Council’s Civic Suite on Wednesday 22nd January, will give people the opportunity to learn about the fostering process, ask any questions they may have and speak informally to some current foster carers.

Almost anyone can become a foster carer, whether you are single, married, young or retired, a home owner or in rented accommodation.  All you need is a spare bedroom and a willingness to give a child a stable and loving home. Foster carers of all ages, cultures and backgrounds are needed in Solihull to look after children for short and longer periods of time. In return, foster carers receive an extensive support package including training and professional development as well as a generous fostering allowance.

Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, Councillor Ken Meeson said:  “We are lucky to have some fantastic foster carers that make a huge difference to children’s lives.  We urgently need more people who are willing take on this rewarding challenge.

“I would urge anyone considering fostering to come along to the information evening to hear more about what’s involved and have a coffee with our friendly team of social workers.“

The event is taking place on Wednesday 22nd January from 6.30pm until 8pm at the Civic Suite, rear of the Council House, Manor Square, Solihull B91 3PX.   You do not need to book a place, just come along and speak to some of the fostering team. Light refreshments will be available.

For further information on fostering people are invited to sign up to the Council’s email news alerts www.solihull.gov.uk/stayconnected. If you are unable to attend please call 0121 788 4253 for more information or visit www.solihull.gov.uk/fostering

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