Appeal for foster carers to hit town

AN information roadshow is to visit Buxton Library next week as part of an appeal to recruit more foster carers.

Derbyshire County Council is hosting a series of roadshows during national Foster Care Fortnight when foster carers and social workers will answer questions and talk about their experiences.

The event at Buxton Library, Kents Bank Road will take place on Wednesday May 25, 2pm to 4pm.

More than 50 new foster homes have been found since the campaign began in 2008 but more foster carers are still needed.

Councillor Barry Lewis, DCC’s Cabinet Member for Young People, said: “Foster carers help us give children the love and support they need.

“We’re very proud of the excellent carers we already have and want to add to our team so we have the wide choice of homes we need throughout Derbyshire.

“This way we can continue to invest money back into our own fostering services, rather than having to use expensive emergency agency placements that are not necessarily what we would choose for a child.

“With the support of our foster carers we can keep local children in local homes near their schools and friends.”

The authority currently has about 420 foster homes to support 630 children in care across the county, who range from babies to 18-year-olds.

Foster carers offer short or long-term homes, ranging from single night emergency stays to placements which last for years.

Training and a strong support system is provided by the authority for people who are approved as foster carers.

Allowances and travelling expenses are also paid.

• To find out more Call Derbyshire on 08456 058 058, email fostering@derbyshire.gov.uk or visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/fostering