Fostering open days at the council house in Derby every Thursday
DERBY City Council’s Fostering Team will be holding regular fostering open days every Thursday morning at the Council House.
Visitors will be able to meet social workers from the Fostering Team at the Council House every Thursday morning from 9am to 1pm.
A meeting room has been booked on the ground floor of the venue for visitors to drop-in without needing to book an appointment and ask any questions about fostering with social workers.
Fostering open days were previously held every Thursday at the Derby Customer Services Centre in Albion Street until this venue closed in December 2012.
There are currently around 470 Derby children in care and there is an urgent need for foster carers to look after children from all age groups and backgrounds.
There is a particular need for more foster carers to look after sibling groups and single children over five years of age.
Foster carers can be single, married, living as a couple, from any adult age group and they can be a parent or have no children.
They can be a homeowner or a tenant, as long they have a spare bedroom.
Foster carers can receive a weekly payment in fees and allowances, ranging from £135 to £500 to look after a child.
Councillor Martin Rawson, cabinet member for children and young people, said: “Fostering open days have proved to be very popular with people from all backgrounds because they allow visitors the opportunity to ask more information about fostering informally in a relaxed environment.
"Many people still prefer to discuss fostering face-to-face and by holding open days every week throughout the year, it will allow people the chance to get more information in this way.
"A number of people at the open days we held last year have gone forward to apply to become foster carers while some other visitors have decided that fostering was not right for the them at this stage in their lives.
"If anyone is thinking about fostering, I would urge them to come along to the Council House any Thursday morning and meet a social worker or contact our Fostering Team for more information.”