Urgent Appeal For Foster Carers In Lancashire

Lancashire County Council is launching a campaign to recruit carers to foster local children.

They claim there is a need for more foster carers as around 20 new Lancashire children come into care each week.

The campaign is specifically aimed at people who can keep the children in the community.

County Councillor Phillippa Williamson, cabinet member for children, young people and schools, said: “While some children will always need to be placed away from the county for safeguarding reasons, or can be looked after by family, we want to ensure others get the opportunity to stay local.”

The County Council believe that by keeping the children local gives a better chance of the child’s happiness.

County Councillor Williamson added: “By maintaining local links, the child can still go to the same school and keep routines with friends and hobbies. Ideally, we want to keep them close to home in secure placements, supporting them to return to their families when appropriate.

If you are unsure whether or not you will be eligible to foster, Lancashire County Council has a page of information of the requirements they expect.

You do not have to have your own home, you can be renting as long as there is a spare room for the child as they state, “Children who are being fostered need their own space and privacy”.

Your marital status does not matter, they claim they “want to hear from people who are single, living together, married, divorced or separated, straight or gay.”

They do not expect people to be well off as they pay foster carers an allowance to help with costs like clothes, food and pocket money.

You can check out the full list here.

For more information about becoming a foster carer or to find out more about the campaign, call the fostering recruitment team on 0300 123 6723 or visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/fostering

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