Taking the first step to fostering

People from across South Gloucestershire came along to an information evening to get a realistic picture of what fostering involves.

The 19 people from 9 households were from all walks of life, including singles, couples and families.

The one thing that brought them together was an interest in being there for children who’d had a difficult start in life and providing them with loving homes.

It was particularly pleasing to welcome attendees open to housing the council’s current priorities of teenagers, siblings, children with disabilities and mothers and babies.

South Gloucestershire Council holds fostering information events throughout the year so that the community has the chance to get more information, to meet foster carers and to ask any questions they may have.

Hearing the stories of existing foster carers is often the point that convinces interested people to progress from the enquiry to application stage.

The event on January 12 at the council offices in Badminton Road, Yate, was described as ‘extremely interesting,’ ‘thought-provoking,’ and ‘packed full of information.’ One potential foster carer said it left her ‘buzzing’ as she was ‘so excited about what was ahead.’

Interim Fostering Manager Jane Witcombe was pleased at the interest shown by those who attended the event.

She said: “This event was the first step of the journey to become foster carers. It’s important for those interested to fully understand the process and to get a realistic picture of what’s involved.

“We need to continue to recruit and maintain a wide pool of foster carers to keep up with the rising demand.”

Look out for Fostering Information Events coming to venues near you soon. For more information call 0800 206 1443 or email fostering@southglos.gov.uk