Event at Barnstaple’s The Cedars Inn aims to provide information on fostering children
An event which aims to provide information on fostering children will be held in Barnstaple tomorrow.
Devon County Council is hosting a number of informative events across the region in a bid to encourage more people to consider becoming foster families and give those interested the chance to find out whether fostering would be suitable for them.
Two events will be held by the council in North Devon in February. One will be held at The Cedars Inn in Sticklepath, Barnstaple, tomorrow between 7-9pm, where members of the public can talk to social workers and foster carers to learn more about fostering.
Then, on Wednesday, February 20, there will be a stall and spokesperson providing information at Atlantic Village in Bideford.
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Devon has over 700 children in care, and just over 300 fostering households. However, many current foster carers are approaching retirement age so the council needs to recruit new carers.
Councillor Andrea Davis, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Children, Health and Wellbeing said: “There is always a demand for good foster carers in Devon to provide safe and caring homes for children and young people right through from birth to adulthood.
“It is vital that we help give children the best possible start in life and foster carers play an essential role in looking after some of Devon’s most vulnerable children.
“I would encourage anyone thinking about fostering, or those who just want to find out more about what is involved, to come along to one of these events. It’s a great opportunity to ask questions and speak to those who have already been through the process to get more information and find out if it’s the right decision for you.”
There are a number of different types of fostering, from emergency, respite care, temporary and long-term fostering, to specialist schemes helping those with challenging behaviour or looking after young people on remand. All carers are paid an allowance.
Anyone can be considered as long as they are over 21 and have a spare bedroom. Foster carers are fully supported through a social worker, regular support groups and excellent training.