09:52 Tuesday 19 February 2013

New single information site for prospective foster carers

Written byJOSHUA TAYLOR

Steve Potter (head of environment and countryside) and Mike Lawrence (county councillor for South Staffordshire) outside Shugborough Hall. Steve Potter (head of environment and countryside) and Mike Lawrence (county councillor for South Staffordshire) outside Shugborough Hall.

STAFFORDSHIRE County Council has joined forces with 11 other local authorities in the West Midlands to create a single source of information for people interested in fostering.

The new website aims to guide people through the first steps to becoming a foster carer.

The move comes as figures have been released by the Fostering Network showing that at least 950 new foster families will be needed across the West Midlands this year.

Staffordshire county councillor Mike Lawrence, cabinet member for children’s wellbeing, said: “Here in Staffordshire we are always looking to increase our network of foster families so that we can provide local care for local children.

“By working with the other local authorities, we have created a single source of information which we hope will encourage more people to take that first step and find out more about foster care as a career.”

James Foyle, recruitment and retention consultant at the Fostering Network, said: “It is great that the local authorities have come together to raise the profile of fostering.

“At least 950 more foster families are needed across the region this year alone, so we would urge everyone to seriously consider whether they have what it takes to offer children a loving home and visit the new website to find out more.”

The new site can be found by visiting www.fosteringwestmidlands.org.uk

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