The first two weeks of Peterborough City Council’s ‘Could you be one of our Fabulous
40?’ fostering campaign attracted a large number of potential
foster carers, but more are still needed.
Thirty five prospective carers registered their interest in the
first two weeks of the campaign launched on 14 May – which was the
start of Fostering Fortnight – and many of these have already
progressed to the next stage of the process. We estimate around ten
of the people who have enquired may go on to become part of our
Sheila Scott, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: "On
average we normally receive around 10 enquiries a month, so we are
delighted that our ‘Could you be one of our Fabulous 40’ fostering
recruitment campaign more than tripled the number of enquiries
within the first two weeks. Our aim is to provide as many children
as possible in our care with loving and stable homes, so it's
important that we continue to recruit new foster carers.
“People from all walks of life and for all
types of fostering are needed. The main criteria is for you
to have a genuine interest and enthusiasm in helping local children
and their families, a spare room and a clean criminal record.
Fostering today involves a variety of tasks and skills and we will
provide you with comprehensive training to take on such an
important role. As well as training, all our carers will receive
high level support and guidance, a fee and a weekly allowance for
each child that is fostered.
“As well as media articles and advertising, we
had a number of recruitment stands located throughout the city
which proved successful, so we will be running more of these
throughout the rest of the year. I would like to extend a special
thank to the shopping centres for allowing us to be there.”
If you are interested in finding out more about fostering in
Peterborough contact the Fostering Service by telephone on (01733)
317427, email firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit http://www.peterboroughfostering.co.uk/