New appeal from Derby fostering team
Derby City Council has made a fresh appeal for people to consider looking after a child - to coincide with National Fostering Fortnight which starts on Monday.
The council's fostering team will be holding a series of events at various venues during the fortnight:
• Wednesday 16 May – Drop in session from 6pm to 8pm at Derwent Neighbourhood Forum, Breadsall Hill Top Adult and Community Centre, St Andrew’s View, Derby.
• Thursday 17 May – Drop in session from 9am to 1.30pm at Derby Customer Services Centre, 1 Albion Street, Derby.
• Friday 18 May – Open Day from 11am to 6.30pm at Moorways Sports Centre, Moor Lane, Derby.
• Saturday 19 May – Open Day from 9.30am to 1pm at Derby Customer Service Centre, 1 Albion Street, Derby
• Thursday 24 May – Drop in session from 9am to 1.30pm at Derby Customer Service Centre,1 Albion Street, Derby.
• Friday 25 May – Open Day from 11am to 6.30pm at Springwood Leisure Centre, Springwood Drive, Oakwood, Derby.
• Saturday 26 May – Open Day from 10am to 12.45pm – Sinfin Library, Arleston Lane, Sinfin, Derby.
The authority looks after around 480 children and has 185 foster carers. Currently 35 young people live in residential children’s homes in Derby.
Foster carers can be single, married, living as a couple, a parent or without children. They can be employed, retired or on benefits and can be from any ethnic or adult age group.
Carers can choose the age and gender of the child they wish to foster and will receive a financial payment to look after a child ranging from £135 to £470 a week.
It is important that you have a spare bedroom and that everyone in your household is committed to fostering.
Derby City Council's Fostering Team can be contacted on 01332 718000 or www.derby.gov.uk/fostering