Worcestershire's Fostering Service is looking for six new carers to join their Placement Plus scheme, this year.
Placement Plus, provides specialist support and tailored fostering placements for older children who are at risk of going into a residential setting or need to step down from a residential setting. It allows young people to remain in a family setting with additional support.
Foster Carers, will receive regular supervision from their social worker as well as support from a Family Support Worker and a Clinical Psychologist. There are monthly team around the child meetings as well as monthly meetings with other Placement Plus carers. The Fostering Service offers an excellent and wide ranging training programme.
Lorraine Lockyer, a regular Foster Carer for Worcestershire Fostering said: "We are very happy with the professionalism and support of all the staff we have encountered at Placement Plus, ISL and the Worcestershire Fostering Service admin. If people are thinking about fostering, I would have no hesitation in recommending that they join Placement Plus.
"We have completed 11 trainings so far. I am part way through the Nurturing Attachments Group which is a brilliant 18-week course. It is informal, interactive and fun as well as being highly informative. I am booked on to 4 more courses this spring. All our training needs are being met, and more besides".
Barbara Carter, Group Manager of Fostering and Kinship at Worcestershire County Council added:
"Our priority when organising fostering placements is making the right match for all involved so that the placement is successful and beneficial for all,. This is an opportunity to offer the next generation a positive experience of family life and support them to become confident adults."
Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Children and Families – Councillor Andy Roberts said: "Foster carers make a unique contribution for society and can change the lives of those they care for. Finding more people to become foster carers means that more children and young people can grow up in happy, secure homes, whilst also giving them a positive experience of family life".
Further rewards also include of an enhanced fee payment per week, along with 4 weeks planned respite a year.
If you are an experienced foster carer or have worked or work with children and are looking to expand your skills this scheme could be for you – an attachment based approach to fostering children aged 10+ with more complex needs.
For more information, please visit: http://www.worcestershirefostering.co.uk/already-fostering/placement-plus/