Need for more Nottinghamshire foster carers remains in national pandemic
Nottinghamshire County Council is encouraging people to consider fostering as part of Foster Care Fortnight promotion (11-24 May), to help children and young people across the county who need safe and loving homes.
It is as important as ever for people to come forward as foster carers during the coronavirus crisis, as children and young people continue to face challenges and turbulent home lives, foster carers are able to step in and help them.
Councillor Owen, Chairman of Children’s Services for Nottinghamshire County Council, said
“While the country currently continues to have restrictions and guidelines due to the coronavirus pandemic, it is important to remember that there are still children and young people out there who need our help.
“We need people to come forward who can open their home to a child or young person in need. We offer excellent support and payments to our foster carers, so I would encourage anyone who is at a crossroads in their career or who has the time to dedicate to foster care, to find out more on our website and enquire about fostering with Nottinghamshire County Council.”
The coronavirus crisis might provide the opportunity for people to think about the future and focus on how they can help those outside of their immediate family. If that’s the case, our foster care team is still very much available and will be holding a ‘virtual coffee and fostering chat’ on Wednesday 20 May, 1.30 – 2.30pm, with details and links on our website and fostering Facebook page (links below).
Recruitment for new foster carers continues with some adjustments to the approach allowing for social distancing and government restrictions. For example, where a first meeting with a Supervising Social Worker would usually take place in a person’s home, video calls and virtual meetings are taking place instead. This means that the fostering team is able to continue taking fostering enquiries and is happy to talk to anyone considering fostering to make sure it is the right choice for them.
This year, Foster Care Fortnight which is a national campaign led by The Fostering Network celebrates the devotion of foster carers and the positive impact that they have on society.
Lynn, a support foster carer with Nottinghamshire County Council said: “It’s a way of life for us now. We just find it really rewarding with the relationships that we build up with these young people. We do feel fully supported and it’s like being part of a team. We go on training sessions and I almost look forward to those sessions because you meet other foster carers there and it’s very interesting.”
While face-to-face training sessions are currently on hold, foster carers can access online learning and their Supervising Social Worker is just a phone call away if they need support or guidance.
Other support and benefits available to foster carers with Nottinghamshire County Council include support groups made up of other foster carers, individual support from social workers and benefits such as special library entitlements, Max Cards which offer discounts across the UK, and tax relief.
Find out more about fostering for Nottinghamshire online: www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/fostering , follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/FosterNotts, or call 0115 804 4440 to speak to a member of the fostering team.