Grantham event aims to help people interested in fostering

Lincolnshire County Council.

Lincolnshire County Council.

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Lincolnshire Fostering Service is inviting anyone who has thought about fostering to attend an event tomorrow in Grantham to talk with skilled carers about their own experiences.

The event coincides with Foster Care Fortnight, which runs until June 14, and the service is keen to use this as an opportunity to highlight the many misconceptions people have about who is able to foster.

The event takes place tomorrow (Thursday) from 6pm to 8pm at The Guildhall in Grantham. To book your place call 01522 554114 or log on at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk.

In Lincolnshire, there are currently more than 600 looked-after children but only 360 fostering households. More carers are needed to look after teenagers, children in long­-term placements (until they are 18 years of age), sibling groups who need to be kept together, children and young people who have been remanded to local authority care, and children with additional needs.

Therefore carers are needed from all walks of life to meet the extensive range of children who need to be looked after. You can be a foster carer regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, marital status or religion. Lizette Watts, Recruitment Team Manager for the Fostering and Adoption Team, said: “These events have been co-ordinated to give interested people the opportunity to explore whether foster caring is something that they could pursue.”