Coffee morning for potential foster carers

Published on: Thursday, 04-June-2015

If you’ve ever considered fostering, but would like the chance to talk to other cares to find out what it’s really like, why not come along to the Foster for Knowsley coffee morning on June 9.

The event is part of Foster Care Fortnight, and is a chance for anyone curious to know more to come along and ask questions in a friendly, informal setting.

The fostering coffee morning takes place at The Venue, Civic Way, Huyton, L36 9GD, from 10am to 12 noon.

There’ll be the chance to meet foster carers and social workers from Knowsley Council, and hear firsthand what their role is like.

If you love spending time with children and young people, have plenty of love, patience and time to offer, as well as room in your home, fostering could be the job for you!
There really is no such thing as a ‘typical carer’, and there are no ‘rules’ about who can and can’t foster. You don’t have to be married, wealthy, or own your own home. Foster carers can be any sexuality, race or religion. Full training and support is provided to foster carers, and you will be paid for the care you provide. As a foster carer for Knowsley you have the option to progress, working towards different ‘Skills Levels’, for which an additional payment, similar to a wage, will be paid.

In fact, being a foster carer is one of the most rewarding jobs you could ever do.

As well as the coffee morning, there will also be lunchtime drop in events at the following locations during the fortnight:

Friday, June 5 – Kirkby One Stop Shop from 12-2pm
Monday, June 8 – Halewood One Stop Shop from 12-2pm

Alternatively, you can call the team at anytime on 0151 443 3958, see more information on fostering on the council’s website, or ‘like’ the Foster for Knowsley Facebook page.

Fostering involves looking after a child or young person in your own home at a time when they’re unable to live with their own families. Unlike adoption, fostering is a temporary situation for many children. Foster carers can choose whether to offer short or longer term care, and will have a say in the age of child/children they care for. At present there is a particular need for foster carers who are willing to care for children aged between 11-18, and sibling groups.

Cllr Gary See, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “Fostering is such a worthwhile and rewarding thing to do. It enables you to give a child the love, support and care that really can make a critical difference in their lives.

“If you have ever considered fostering, or are curious to find out more, please get in contact today.”