Doncaster Children’s Services Trust fostering service, Trust Fostering, are set to tour across the town to recruit new foster carers and raise awareness of private fostering. The team will be visiting local communities, building on visits to Askern and Townfields, which took place earlier in the summer.
Members of the public are invited to drop in to the events for tea, coffee and cake and chat with the friendly fostering team about the difference they could make to a child’s life through fostering.
Sue May, Head of Service for Looked After Children at Doncaster Children’s Services Trust said:
“Trust Fostering is like being a part of a big family, but we know we need more local foster carers to take care of the children and young people in Doncaster who are unable to live with their birth families.”
“We’re visiting communities to get to know people who want to make a difference to a child or young person’s life. We’ve already been to Askern and Townfields and have spoken to some great potential foster carers and we’re looking forward to meeting more budding carers at our upcoming events.”
People can come along to find out more about fostering, including rates of pay and the different types of fostering, at the following events:
- Tues 18 July, Conisbrough coffee morning, the Ivanhoe Centre, 10am – 12noon
- Sat 29 and Sun 30 July, Thorne Summer Festival, Thorne Memorial Park, 10am – 4:30pm
- Sat 19 Aug, Doncaster Pride, Doncaster Town Centre. 11:30am – 6:30pm
The events will also aim to raise awareness of private fostering, where a child is in the care of someone who is not a close relative for 28 days or more.
Sue added: “Legally the Trust needs to be informed about any private fostering arrangements so we can make sure the child has the support they need to stay well, healthy and to thrive, but we understand many people may not know, or understand what private fostering is.”
“If a child or young person is living with someone who is not one of their parents or a close relative, for more than 28 days then they are being privately fostered and we should be informed right away. If this sounds familiar but you aren’t sure if you are providing private foster care, please contact us or attend one of our drop in events to find out more.”
Further summer events are in the process of being planned; like Trust Fostering on Facebook for the most up to date details.
Anyone interested in finding out more about becoming a foster carer with the Trust can contact the friendly fostering team on 0808 129 2600, drop in to the Blue Building, Doncaster High Street, DN1 1DE or visit www.trustfostering.co.uk
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