Fostering events aimed at encouraging more carers

Halifax Town Hall
Halifax Town Hall
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Calderdale Council’s fostering team are hosting two events for people intersted in becoming carers for children.

Through posters around the borough, adverts in local newspapers and social media marketing, the council is highlighting the need for more foster carers, especially those who could care for teenagers and sibling groups of any age.

More than 70 people have asked about becoming foster carers since Calderdale Council launched its latest recruitment campaign on 6 January this year.

From 11am until 1pm today, the council’s fostering team will be at Hebden Bridge open market on Valley Road, to talk to people interested in fostering and to answer their questions. They will also be on Southgate precinct in Halifax town centre and at Broad Street Plaza on Friday 31 January from 11.30am until 1.30pm.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People’s Services, Coun Megan Swift, said: “Over the last few years we’ve recognised the need for more foster carers in Calderdale. So in January 2012 we launched a new campaign to increase the number of people fostering. So far this has been really successful – during the first year alone, enquiries increased from 111 to 550, and we’ve made a real difference to young people and families.

“But we still need more carers to offer support and stability to our looked after children and young people, and to help them achieve their full potential. We’re particularly keen to find foster homes for teenagers and sibling groups. Wherever possible, we want to make sure that teenagers don’t have to change schools while they’re approaching important exam times, and that brothers and sisters can stay together.

“Not only does fostering help children and young people; many see it as a real career option. Our foster carers receive financial support, training and help from our friendly and knowledgeable team. We understood that people may have been put off by lengthy timescales in previous years, so we listened to feedback and worked hard to cut down our fostering process from 12 to six months.”