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Sunday May 28th 2017

Interested in becoming a foster carer?

Over the last few months the fostering team at Surrey County Council has been busy assessing the highest number of fostering applicants they’ve received in a decade, but it’s still not enough. Foster Care Fortnight starts on Monday 8 May and the team is interested to hear from new carers.

There are around 900 children in care in Surrey – just over half of these children are with Surrey foster carers, but some children are placed in other counties because there are not enough foster carers in Surrey. When a child is placed out of the county it usually means they can no longer attend their school, causing disruption to their education and it is also harder for them to see their friends and family.

So why not become a foster carer in Surrey and help make sure more of our children in care stay near to their families and communities?

The team welcome enquiries from everyone, whether you are married or single, straight or gay, from all cultures and whether or not you have children of your own. It’s ok if you rent a property, but you do need a spare room.

If you’re interested in finding out more, pop along to one of the fostering events the team is hosting during Foster Care Fortnight 8-21 May. Or call 0800 096 96 26 and arrange for a home visit. Someone from the team can arrange a time to come and see you at your own home Monday to Friday from 9am to 9pm.

You can also take a look at Linda’s film. She has fostered over 200 children over a 30 year period and talks about her experiences.