Fostering team heading to this year's Pride

Fostering Published Monday, 17th September 2018

People going to this year's Worcestershire Pride on September 22nd can find out all about fostering in the county.

A team from Worcestershire Fostering, part of Worcestershire County Council, will be manning a stall at the annual event.

Anyone considering fostering will be able to speak to members of the team and ask questions.

Worcestershire's Youth Cabinet and members of the Children in Care Council (Youth Voice Team) have also asked to be on the stand. Foster carers will also be there to talk to people and share their own personal experiences of fostering.

Group manager Barbara Carter from Worcestershire County Council said: "We were at Worcestershire Pride last year for the first time and it went really well.

"People came over to talk to us and to ask all sorts of questions about fostering. There was a great atmosphere as well. If you are going to the event, come and say hello."

Foster carer George Rogers added: "Fostering has had such a great impact on my life. I am a long term single foster parent and would never change that for the world.

"If you don't know what long term fostering is, how to become one or just know someone who fosters, then events such as Worcestershire Pride is a perfect place to find out more so speaking to us at our stall is a great way to start making new friends and build your support network."

This year there will be lots of activities on the Worcestershire Fostering stall for the whole family from 10am until 6pm at South Quay.

In Worcestershire there are currently over 800 children and young people in care. They are spread across a number of different placements including foster carers, children's homes and independent fostering agencies. Currently, there are around 160 mainstream foster carers, as well as family and friends carers who look after a number of young people.

For more information go to www.worcestershirefostering.co.uk or call 0800 0282158.