Drop in to find out about fostering

THE SEARCH for new foster carers in East Sussex continues this month with another information and recruitment event organised by the county council’s “outstanding” fostering service.

This next session will be at St Leonards-on-Sea on February 9, from 5pm to 8pm in the Azur Marina Pavilion, with tea, coffee and cookies.

The event is an informal ‘drop in’ session. Staff from the council’s Fostering Service will be there to talk about all aspects of becoming a foster carer, and all the different types of fostering.

In addition, local foster carers will be there, so visitors can find out find out first-hand what fostering really means: about the rewards – and challenges! – and the support that is available.

Cllr Colin Belsey, Lead Member for Children and Families, said, “Our Fostering Service has just been given a glowing report by Ofsted inspectors, who graded the service ‘outstanding’ in every area.

“A truly remarkable achievement and one of which we are very proud. People can come along to our events in the sure knowledge that they’ll be talking to some of the best in the business.

“If you have ever thought about helping a local child in need, then you may be surprised at how many different ways there are to get involved.

“Our team can tell you about all the different types of short term or permanent fostering, as well as fostering for parents and babies, and for disabled children.

“Our foster carers come from all walks of life and from all kinds of backgrounds.

“The one thing they all have in common is a genuine desire to make a difference to a young person’s life.

“I’d strongly urge anyone, if you think you could help, then please attend this event.”

The February event is the second of a series of recruitment events, which are running throughout 2012 on the second Thursday of the month (but not Aug or Dec) between 5pm and 8pm.

The events will alternate between venues across the county, at Eastbourne, Uckfield and Hastings.

For further information about fostering, readers can call 01323 747 407 or visit www.eastsussex.gov.uk/fostering.