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Merton celebrates Foster Carer Fortnight

Merton Council hosted a series of roadshow events around the borough during Foster Care Fortnight for people to find out more about becoming a foster carer.

This year's Foster Care Fortnight ran between 8-21 May. Merton Council delivered information events in town centres with the aim of recruiting new foster carers who can provide a vulnerable child with safe and secure place to live. A team of experts offered advice and guidance for anyone interested in becoming a foster carer. including information about the assessment process, training, financial allowances and the comprehensive support provided by Merton Council for foster carers.

Whatever your age, ethnicity, marital status, sexuality or personal circumstances, fostering could be for you. To become a foster carer, you need to have a spare bedroom and some experience of young people. Time, patience, resilience and understanding are essential qualities for fostering a child. You will also need people in your family or community who will be able to provide practical help and emotional support. Fostering is about more than just parenting – it is a team of people working with parents and social workers to care for children.

There is currently a shortage of foster carers for children of all ages in Merton, but particularly for teenagers and sibling groups.

Merton Council’s Director of Children, Schools and Families, Yvette Stanley, said: “Fostering is a way of providing a family life for a child who is unable to live with their parents and can be incredibly rewarding. The roadshows we have organised to mark Foster Care Fortnight are a great opportunity for anyone interested in becoming a foster carer to ask questions and find out more about how they can provide a safe and loving home for a vulnerable child.”

To find out more about fostering a child, visit: www.merton.gov.uk/fostering

Call: 0800 073 0874 or 020 8545 4070 or email fostering@merton.gov.uk

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