Fostering in Wiltshire
People interested in fostering can find out more at an information event in Trowbridge this evening (25 July).
The one-hour event from 7pm at County Hall, provides those considering fostering with the opportunity to ask questions and hear first hand about people's experiences of providing a home for children and young people.
We've also been talking to BBC Wiltshire about fostering and how we always need more people to join us in ensuring our vulnerable young people have a safe home and the opportunity to thrive.
One of our foster carers Kerry Beety explains how she became a foster carer and her experiences of providing this important support. The interview was on BBC Wiltshire's Graham Seaman show at 1:30:00 into the programme.
This year we have a target to recruit 30 more foster carers by April 2018 so children and young people can stay in their local area.
Last year we introduced a new simpler payment system to make it easier for prospective foster carers to see how much they will be given per week based on the types of fostering. It supports carers to develop their skills and see fostering as a positive path to follow, making sure that the payments they receive recognise this.
There is also support available including:
- Every foster carer has a social worker who will support and supervise them, we will provide a mentor foster carer for newly approved carers
- An out of hours support line for carers
- A range of training provided that covers basic and move advanced topic
People can find out more by looking on our fostering pages, by calling 01225 716510 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.