Wimbledon Foster Carers Urged To Come Forward

Twenty local families sought to help transform children's lives

A fostering roadshow is taking place in Wimbledon town centre on Saturday (May 26) to encourage new foster carers to come forward.

Merton Council is marking this year’s national campaign, Foster Care Fortnight by renewing their appeal for new foster carers to come forward and help transform the lives of hundreds of children.

Merton urgently needs at least 20 families to look after lone children and young people especially teenagers, sibling groups, or unaccompanied asylum-seeking children who are in desperate need of a caring home environment.

Many people rule themselves out before applying to foster. However, regardless of age, ethnicity, marital status, sexuality or personal circumstances, fostering is an opportunity for anyone aged over 21 years who has a spare bedroom and some childcare experience.

The council says time, patience, resilience and understanding are essential qualities for fostering a child, as well as a sense of humour! Fostering is about more than just parenting – you will be part of a team of people working with parents and social workers to care for children to improve their lives.

Head of Merton Fostering, Liz Broughton said “Fostering is a really rewarding task and we are keen to increase our pool of carers”. Do join us at the roadshow event for more information and see how you can change a child’s life forever.”

Roadshow details : May 26 10am – 1.30pm, Wimbledon Pizza.

To find out more about fostering, visit: www.merton.gov.uk/fostering Call: 0800 073 0874 or 020 8545 4070 or email fostering@merton.gov.uk.

May 24, 2018