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Havering marks Foster Care Fortnight

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Be proud like Michelle and become a Havering Foster Carer
Published: Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Havering Council is on the lookout for great new foster carers as part of the Fostering Network’s annual national awareness and recruitment campaign: Foster Care Fortnight 2018.

This year’s campaign, which runs from Monday 14 May to Sunday 27 May, focusses on the theme: ‘Be Proud to Foster ‘. Our fostering team will be out across the borough, raising awareness and recruiting new foster carers.

Havering Council currently has over 250 children in care, but not enough local residents are able provide them with a home. The shortage of Havering foster carers reduces the choices available for children and young people in care, which is why we are always looking to recruit new foster carers.

Michelle, an experienced Havering foster carer shared her story

“I thought I would start fostering when I retired, but something inside me changed and I realised I couldn’t wait, so just under two years ago, I applied to foster with Havering council. Since then my husband and I have supported five children, including two sibling groups.

We can provide care for 0-18 year olds, but my preference is teenagers, as I have younger children and this dynamic works best in our household.

“I wanted young people to know that when they walked into my home for the first time, they were accepted for who they are, as many have had tough experiences.

“Fostering has taught me that patience can get you through most situations, and that you have to be far more understanding of the challenges young people face in their lives. It’s also hilarious how they keep me updated on all the current slang.

“You really feel so proud when a teenager who previously used to avoid school is now willing to attend and engage due to your own encouragement. Bringing out the best in a child is a blessing.

“The fostering team provided training and still offers continuous professional developments via the classroom and e-learning. I also receive on the job training from my Supervising Social Worker who is always on call to offer guidance, support and strategies to help me fulfil my role.”

Havering Council provides full training to all prospective foster carers, and continued learning and development, we also offer up to £428 per week for yourself and the child in your care.

The fostering team will be hosting meet and greet event throughout fostering fortnight, this is a great chance to find out about the simple steps to fostering.

  • Monday 14 May -  Hornchurch Sports Centre 10am-3pm
  • Wednesday 16 May - Liberty Shopping Centre - 9am-4pm
  • Friday 18 May - South Street, Romford 10am-4pm
  • Monday 21 May - Queen’s Hospital - 10am – 2pm
  • Tuesday 22 May - Kenneth More theatre, Ilford - 10am-2pm
  • Wednesday 23 May - Sapphire Ice and leisure - 11am-3pm