AS part of Foster Care Fortnight (Monday, 16 to Sunday, 29 May) Thurrock Council is hosting an open and information evening in North Stifford.
The event will be at the Garden Room, at the Park Inn Hotel, High Street, North Stifford from 6.30pm on Tuesday, 17 May.
There will be a presentation at 6.30pm, including a talk by TOWIE foster carer Debbie Douglas followed by open discussion in small groups.
Anybody who has considered fostering is welcome to attend and members of the council’s fostering team – including social workers and current foster carers – will be there to answer questions; talk about the types of children who require fostering; the process involved; and what it’s like to be a foster carer for Thurrock Council, including benefits, training and the ways a local authority differs from independent agencies.
Cllr Bukky Okunade, the council’s portfolio holder for children’s social care, said: “We are holding this event in conjunction with the Fostering Network’s annual Foster Care Fortnight to raise awareness of fostering and the needs of the children who come into social care.
“Their theme this year is Time to Foster, Time to Care, something we all believe in.
“Although we are looking to increase the number of our foster carers generally, at the moment, we are particularly interested in applicants who can foster teenagers or sibling groups.”
For more information about Thurrock Council’s fostering, call 0800 652 1256, go to facebook.com/thurrockfostering, or email firstname.lastname@example.org