Foster carers wanted

THURROCK Council is planning on bucking the national trend and increasing the number of its foster carers, launching a new recruitment.

The campaign will focus on drop-in sessions throughout the borough over the next six months and an advertising campaign that focuses on caring.

Cllr Bukky Okunade, portfolio holder for children’s social care, said: “Foster carers offer the nurturing and care foster children need.

“Children who cannot live with their own families for whatever reason may need to live with foster carers for a few days, a few weeks or the whole of their childhood.

“So foster carers play a really vital role in young people’s lives.”

She said: “We are keen to hear from anyone who might want to know more about foster caring.

“Foster carers do not come in any specific shape or size; they come from all age groups and backgrounds and there is only one thing they have in common – they care and want to make a difference.”

Thurrock Council will provide training, advice and 24/7 support from a small, friendly team as well as a generous package of financial support which would be no less that £267 a week.

If you are interested in fostering visit thurrock.gov.uk/fostering or come along for a friendly chat at Thurrock’s first drop-in on Tuesday, 24 September between 9am and noon at The Springhouse Sports Club, Springhouse Road, Corringham.

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