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Recruiting Now for Foster Carers

Local foster carers are joining forces with us in a new campaign to highlight the desperate need for more carers.

The new #RecruitingNow campaign, which features real life foster carers from across Hertfordshire, is appealing to residents who may have been affected by a change in circumstances owing to coronavirus.

Are you now working from home and have more flexibility in your day? Are you reassessing what you want to do in your life?

There are over 900 children and young people in care and many live with Hertfordshire’s foster carers. Each month, we receive an average of 55 requests for new foster placements.

Helen from Stevenage (pictured), fosters teenagers and said: “It’s a completely new way of life, having a house full of lovely young people who keep us young! We are a fostering family; our children have embraced fostering too, and they’ve been amazing.”

Fostering offers the flexibility of working from home, perhaps while caring for your own children, or to combine fostering and other work, depending on the age and needs of the children in your care. There are many different types of fostering and foster carers can choose what is right for them.

We are aware that fears about finance and affordability may prevent people coming forward for fostering. Many people don’t realise that foster carers receive a weekly payment for their skills plus a weekly allowance for each child they look after. New and experienced foster carers can receive between £315 and £468 per week for each child they care for.

To become a foster carer in Hertfordshire, you must be over 21 years old, and have at least one spare room at home. Anyone fostering with Hertfordshire County Council can expect a generous allowance, full training and unrivalled local support.

To find out more about fostering in Hertfordshire visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/fosternow

 

Give a child the Chance To Thrive

Do you have the skills or experience to foster a child with additional needs?

As part of the #ChanceToThrive campaign, Hertfordshire County Council’s fostering and adoption team is looking for people who can foster children who have a variety of different needs.

Professionals working in nursing, midwifery, healthcare, police and probation roles are among those being particularly targeted for this campaign as they are more likely to have these additional skills, built up through their experience in work.

Approximately 70% of looked-after children have some form of additional need, compared to almost 20% of all other children.

Find out more including information on how you can help share the campaign messages and highlight the need for more foster carers.
If you’re interested in fostering, contact the fostering and adoption team on 0800 917 0925 or visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/chancetothrive

Do you have something missing in your life? Could you foster a child?

Hertfordshire County Council’s fostering recruitment team has created a powerful film highlighting the urgent need for more foster carers in the county.
There are approximately 950 children and young people in care in Hertfordshire and many of these children need the love and support of a foster family.

 

To highlight the needs of these children and the transformation that foster parents can bring to their lives, the county council has created a moving film as part of its Something Missing campaign.
The story follows the plight of a 12-year-old whose mum is unable to care for her, and is left feeling neglected, scared and needing help. It also tracks the lives of a couple who have the time, space and desire to welcome someone else in their lives.


 

Watch the film at: www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/somethingmissing, where you can also find out more information about how to foster.