THURROCK Conservative Sue Little has expressed her delight at a new approach to recruiting foster parents. As of today instead of the normal ‘thank you for holding’ message residents calling the council will be asked to consider becoming a foster parent.
Cllr Little said "last October I proposed this and a few other simple solutions, such as banners outside schools, to try and improve foster parent recruitment at the same time as reducing costs. Thurrock spends a huge amount of taxpayers money on placing children with foster parents outside of the borough as well as on trying to recruit more in Thurrock.
"However it was clear that simple, less expensive and targeted messaging opportunities were being missed. Hopefully by adopting these simple ideas we will reach out to those in Thurrock who want to open up their homes to some of most vulnerable children in our community. It is a shame it has taken so long for this to happen but hopefully if these direct methods of recruitment work we will see them becoming the norm."
The message will be played to any resident who calls Thurrock Council for the next two weeks and anyone interested in becoming a foster parent in Thurrock can go to the Council offices on Tuesday 5th April between 9 and midday for a drop in recruitment session.