Potential foster carers invited to find out how they could change a child's life

3 November 2017

Potential foster carers could begin to change a child's life by dropping in to an information evening at County Hall in Matlock next week.

We're holding a Talk Fostering event on Wednesday 8 November 2017 between 5pm and 7pm. Anyone who has a spare room and thinks they could offer a child a loving home is urged to go along to find out more.

No appointment is needed and expert advice will be available from current and former carers, as well as from our fostering team.

Our Cabinet Member for Young People Councillor Alex Dale said:

"We need loving and stable homes for Derbyshire children and we're looking for caring people that can make a real difference to the life of a child in our care.

"Being a foster carer is a very important and rewarding job. We're looking for homes for children of all ages and abilities who all deserve a safe and happy home life. We're also looking for people who can help us keep brothers and sisters together.

"Foster carers can be from all walks of life and backgrounds. We need long-term and short-term foster homes, ranging from single-night emergency stays to placements which can last for several years."

Foster carers need to be over 21 and can be single, married, straight, gay or transgender, from any ethnic origin, working or not, renting or homeowners.

Our carers receive weekly fostering payments with additional allowances and get full training and support.

Councillor Dale added:

"Our Talk Fostering events are the perfect chance for potential carers to ask our team and people who already foster children in Derbyshire anything they want to know about fostering."

The Talk Fostering event will take place at County Hall, Smedley Street, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 3AG on Wednesday 8 November 2017 between 5pm and 7pm.

Visitors can bring their family and free parking and refreshments are available.

Find out more about fostering.

Anyone interested in attending the event can email: fostering@derbyshire.gov.uk or tel: 0800 083 77 44.