STOCKTON-ON-TEES Borough Council is asking local residents to consider fostering or adopting a child.
An information session for prospective foster carers and adopters will take place between 5.30pm and 7pm on Thursday 23 March at Thornaby Central Library, Pavilion Shopping Centre.
Residents unable to attend but interested in finding out more can get in touch with the Council’s Child Placement Team for an information pack.
Foster carers and adopters come from all walks of life and all kinds of people may have the commitment, skills and experience to offer a child a positive experience of family life.
Councillor Ann McCoy, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, explains: "Fostering provides children with safe, stable and loving families for a period of time when they are unable to live with their own parents.
“Children in the Borough may need foster carers because of family crisis, because parents are finding it difficult to cope or because children are suffering abuse or neglect.
“Foster placements can be short-term or long-term, and some may even lead to adoption, depending on the needs of the child. We recruit and support foster carers and adoptive parents from a variety of backgrounds so we can match our children with the most suitable families. If you have the skills and experience to give a local child a loving home, do get in touch.”
Officers at Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council find that some people rule themselves out before making an enquiry about fostering and adoption because they think they may not be eligible. However, interested people, whatever their circumstances, are being urged to come to the information session or have an informal chat with a member of the Council’s Child Placement Team.
Those who go forward with the process of fostering or adopting get professional support and guidance, and comprehensive training, as well as access to local support groups. Foster carers get a generous weekly allowance to cover costs.
For an information pack or to register for the event contact 01642 526218 or email [email protected]