Knowsley Encourages New Foster Carers

KNOWSLEY’S Fostering Service are making it easier for people to find out more about fostering. The service is holding regular information drop in sessions throughout the borough with the aim to give potential foster carers the opportunity to talk informally to Knowsley’s Fostering team, ask questions and gain an insight into what the role involves. The regular drop-ins are part of the Council’s ongoing foster carer recruitment campaign and they hope they will help find more loving and supportive foster homes for looked after children in the borough. Councillor Marie Stuart, Cabinet Lead Member for Children’s Services said: “Fostering is an incredible thing to do and makes such a difference to the lives of vulnerable children. We know many people think about fostering for a long time before they contact us. Making that first step can be daunting but these sessions are a great opportunity for anyone considering fostering to talk face to face to our friendly team and find out more.  I would urge anyone thinking about fostering to come along and talk to us. “Many people who enquire about fostering often don’t think they will be suitable, but the truth is if you care, have a spare bedroom and time, then you are.” If you are interested in fostering, Knowsley’s Fostering Service will help you with advice and information at every stage and you will receive training to assist you in your new role. You will also receive a generous allowance and 24-hour support. You can get in touch by contacting Knowsley’s Fostering Service on 0151 443 3958 or visit www.knowsley.gov.uk/fostering or go along to any of the information sessions: Friday 17th March, 2pm – 4.30pm Kirkby Library, 1st Floor, The Kirkby Centre, Norwich Way, Kirkby, L32 8XY Monday 3rd April, 10am – 12noon Huyton Library, Civic Way, Huyton, L36 9GD Monday 10th April, 2pm – 4.30pm Halewood Library, The Halewood Centre, Roseheath Drive, Halewood, L26 9UH Friday 21st April, 2pm – 4.30pm Stockbridge Village Library, The Withens, Stockbridge Village, L28 1AB