2 October 2017
Exceptional people are being sought by Leeds City Council to help change a child’s life forever, by becoming a foster carer and part of one of the UK’s largest fostering teams.Across the UK there is a shortage of foster carers and Leeds is no different. Foster carers are urgently needed for children and young people across the city. People who want to find out more about fostering with Leeds City Council are being invited to an information drop in session at Leeds Kirkgate Market on Friday 13th October between 11-3pm.
By fostering for Leeds City Council, new carers would join one of the country’s largest and most well-established fostering networks with direct support from social workers and specialist staff.
Over the past three years Leeds has worked hard to recruit some fantastic carers, and now has over 700 foster families as part of the Leeds foster care ‘team’.
In 2011 Leeds redesigned its fostering recruitment service and since then has seen an increase in foster carers of 19%. As a result the council is able to provide an increasing number of fostering placements within the city resulting in children and young people being placed nearer their schools and their personal support networks.
However the council is still very keen to hear from people who could foster children over the age of 11 years old, sibling groups and those with additional needs. The council has a high demand for families who can offer homes to these children and young people and would welcome further applications.
Leeds needs foster carers from all walks of life, people who are single, married, divorced, employed, unemployed, with or without children of their own. People from diverse backgrounds and all ethnic origins are needed to help children benefit from living with families who share their own culture, language and religion.
People are needed to provide a wide range of fostering types, including short term support for young children and longer, planned permanent support, as well as respite foster care, and specialist care for disabled children. Leeds City Council provides locally based offices, support groups, training and regular foster friendly events.
Those interested in finding out more about fostering can register their interest online by visiting www.foster4leeds.co.uk or by contacting 0113 378 3538 for advice and an information pack.