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  • New drive to recruit more foster carers

    Henry James

    WITH around 20 children in the county needing homes each week, Lancashire County Council is again seeking to recruit new foster carers.

    The authority has recently increased the allowances payable to new foster carers by at least £115 per week in recognition of their valuable role and the rising demand for placements.

    Newly-approved foster carers can expect to receive between £241 and £415 for each child they care for.

    People who may have considered fostering but weren’t sure they could afford to are invited to an information evening to find out if it could now be a viable option.

    This is being held tonight (Wednesday, February 22) starting at 6pm at County Hall, Pitt Street, Preston.

    There’s no need to book but you are asked to arrive early to avoid disappointment. There will be an opportunity to meet experienced social workers and current carers and ask questions.

    The council is looking for people who can foster children of all ages, particularly siblings who need to stay together and teenagers. No formal experience or qualifications are needed, all they ask is that you have a spare room available and a desire to make a difference to a local child’s life.

    A package of support is available 24/7 to help foster carers in their role, including local support groups, their own social worker, a dedicated helpline and flexible training.

    If you’re unable to attend on the night but would like more information call the fostering recruitment team on 0300 123 6723 or visit the website at www.lancashire.gov.uk/fostering .

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