COULD you open up your home and your life to a vulnerable teenager in need of comfort and stability?
As part of its foster carer recruitment campaign, Cheshire West and Chester Council is seeking more people to look after young people aged between 12 and 16, either for a short period or until they reach adulthood.
The authority is holding an information evening for people who would like to find out more about this unique and hugely rewarding role.
The drop-in event takes place on Tuesday, September 27, at Cheshire County Sports Club in Plas Newton Lane, Upton, Chester, from 6-8pm.
The campaign will also see the council’s ad-bike make an appearance in Chester city centre this Saturday (September 17) where leaflets will be available for people to take away.
There are many young people in Cheshire West who, for a number of reasons, are unable to live with their families.
Foster carers provide the security of a safe, caring home and support and guidance to help them move on from their past and make the right decisions about their future.
Carol, a foster carer of teenagers for more than 25 years, said: “Teenagers need foster carers who are reliable, patient and honest, and who can set clear and consistent boundaries so they know where they stand.
“Being able to listen to their concerns, help them make sense of things and let them know they’ve got someone to talk to is also really important.”
Anyone over the age of 21 can foster, regardless of whether they are married or single, own their own home or are renting, are unemployed or work full-time.
Foster carers receive plenty of ongoing support, including training and an allowance to cover the daily costs of looking after each child and a skills-based fee.
Councillor Mark Stocks, Executive Member for Children and Families, said: “Young people often require support to develop the maturity and skills needed to organise their lives.
“By helping them to manage their feelings, emotions and behaviour, and to feel good about themselves and their achievements, foster carers can make all the difference to the life of a vulnerable teenager.
“We hope this information evening will help us reach out to people who think they may be able to foster a young person but are unsure about what is involved, or whether they would be right for the role.”
If you would like to attend the information evening, please register your interest via the website www.fosteringwestcheshire.co.uk or by telephone on 01244 972222.