More Local Carers Needed
Wiltshire has reached the halfway point in a major campaign to recruit 100 new foster carers.
50 new families have been found in what has been described as a "wonderful" achievement for the county.
The recruitment campaign has been set against the backdrop of covid, with council staff having to adapt with Zoom and virtual sessions to help reach potential new recruits.
Cllr Laura Mayes, deputy leader of Wiltshire Council, and cabinet member for children’s services said: “Thank you to our 50 amazing new fostering families who have taken the step to make a real difference to children who need a warm and loving home. We are so thankful you have decided to take this step - all our carers have a special commitment and dedication that is truly wonderful.
"We are halfway towards our target and while we have come this far we can’t be complacent as we still need more people to foster. We particularly need those who can care for teenagers and siblings. For anyone interested in becoming a foster carer please get in touch – there is no obligation you can find out more and then decide if this is for you.”
Foster carers need to be over 21 years of age, have a spare bedroom, time to care for a child and a willingness to care for young people who have experienced trauma and loss.
People who foster with Wiltshire Council are given training and continued support. Payments reflect the commitment carers are making to the role. There are different fostering schemes available ranging from £350 to £650 a week depending on people’s skills, experience and the type of support the young person requires.
For more information, visit www.fosteringwiltshire.uk, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 0800 169 6321 or Text Foster to 60002.