Council call for more foster carers in East Yorkshire area


East Riding of Yorkshire Council is currently looking to recruit several more foster carers, particularly for older children and teenagers.

Anyone interested in finding out more about fostering is invited to come to an event where they will have the opportunity to find out all about fostering, what is involved and ask any questions they may have.

The ‘Find Out About Fostering’ event will be held at Tickton Grange Hotel, Tickton, near Beverley, on Monday 8 September. It will start at 6pm but people should arrive at 5.45pm.

At the event, people interested in becoming a foster carer will have an opportunity to talk to fostering social workers and discuss suitability; meet foster carers and their birth children; talk to looked after young people and hear about their experiences; and find out about free professional training.

Prospective foster carers should ideally be over 25, they can be single, married or cohabiting. Some foster carers have their own children, while others do not.

Dave Glenville, the council’s fostering team leader, said: “Almost anyone can apply to be a foster carer, but as with any career, some people will be more suited to it than others. We are particularly interested to hear from people who are interested in fostering children aged from eight to 16.

“Foster carers must be able to offer the time, commitment, space and skills to care for children separated from their own families.

“This event is designed to give people who are interested in fostering a chance to meet people who are already involved and find out if becoming a foster carer is for them.

“This can be the beginning of a journey that can have rewards for everyone involved and can change lives forever.”

Anyone interested in finding out more about becoming a foster carer, or would like to book a place at the event, can contact the fostering team on (01482) 396673.