Could you make a real difference to the life of a North Somerset child or young person?
Fostering is providing a safe, caring home for a child and/or young person who is unable to live with their own family. This could be for a number of reasons, such as a family crisis or parental illness, or if the child is at risk of neglect or abuse.
"Coronavirus is having an effect on every aspect of our lives. We need temporary foster carers now to help care for children and young people in our area who cannot live with their families at this time. This could be for a period of up to 24 weeks,” says Cllr Catherine Gibbons, North Somerset Council’s executive member whose portfolio includes children and young people.
We need people with strengths and experiences they can bring to changing children and young people’s lives for the better.
Perhaps your employment circumstances have changed, giving you the opportunity to dedicate your time to support a vulnerable child or young person in need of care, support and a loving home.
“Do you have experience of supporting children either professionally or as a family member? We will provide you with the skills, knowledge and support to help you make a positive difference as well as fees and allowances to help provide all the things a child need. Now is the time to act.”
Due to a shortage of foster carers in our area, sometimes children and young people have to be placed in private foster care placements away from their families, schools and other sources of support.
By coming forward you could you could help increase the number of foster carers in North Somerset, meaning we could place children and young people local to their home community.