Potential foster carers invited to drop-in event in Matlock
We're inviting potential foster carers to a drop-in event we've organised to help them find out more about providing loving homes for children in care.
Visitors will be able to talk to local foster carers about their experiences and our fostering team will be on hand to answer any questions and offer advice.
No appointment is needed and residents who are interested in fostering and have a spare room can call in to the event at County Hall, Smedley Street, Matlock, DE4 3AG on Tuesday 11 July 2017 between 5pm and 7pm.
Visitors can bring their family and free parking is available.
Our Cabinet Member for Young People Councillor Alex Dale said:
"Fostering is one of the most rewarding and important jobs you can do and we're looking for people who can give the children in our care a loving, happy and stable home.
"We're looking for carers for children of all ages and abilities and also for brothers and sisters who we want to keep together.
"I would encourage anyone who's interested in fostering and has a spare room to come along − there will be lots of information about training, support and payments."
Foster carers receive weekly fostering payments with additional allowances and get full training and support.
Carers can offer short or long-term homes, ranging from single-night emergency stays to placements which last for several years.
We're also looking for supported lodgings providers who can offer a temporary home and give support to 16 to 21 year olds who are leaving foster care but are not quite ready to live independently.
Supported lodgings providers receive a weekly payment plus support and training.