Solihull Council is holding a virtual event to help people find out more about becoming a foster carer and has launched a dedicated Facebook page to share news and information.
The online meeting on Tuesday 25th January 6.30-7.30pm 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.
The new Facebook page will keep people up to date with fostering news and events and will share real life experiences from some of the Council’s current foster carers.
Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, Councillor Richard Holt said: “Our foster carers do an incredibly important job and we are now searching for more people to provide a safe and supportive environment for children across the borough.
“I would urge anyone considering fostering to join the meeting on 25th January to hear more about what’s involved and have a chat with our friendly team of social workers.
“People can also find out more by following the new Facebook page, which will be a really useful resource for prospective carers .”
The online event is taking place on Tuesday 25th January from 6.30pm until 7.30pm via Microsoft Teams. For details of how to join the meeting please email firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information on fostering people are invited to like and follow the fostering Facebook page @solihullcouncilfostering. Alternatively please call 0121 788 4253 or visit www.solihull.gov.uk/fostering