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Urgent call for foster carers


Roundhay information evening – Tuesday 3 September



Leeds City Council urgently needs more foster carers to make a real difference to children and young people in Leeds.



People can find out more at a special drop-in information event in Roundhay at St Andrew’s Church, Shaftesbury Avenue. Fostering officers will be on hand from 4.30pm to 7.30pm to provide information and answer questions.



The council set itself the ambitious target of recruiting 200 new foster carers meet the needs of its looked after children population, replace retiring foster carers and reduce the use of private agencies.



There is currently an urgent demand for carers who can foster babies and young children; these carers need to be able to foster full time, be non-smokers and have a spare bedroom.



Councillor Judith Blake, Leeds City Council executive member responsible for children’s services said:

“By becoming a foster carer with Leeds City Council we are able to offer excellent support and training along with access to a large fostering support network together with our partners. Using Leeds foster carers helps children to remain within their local communities and schools, which is key to our aim to be a child friendly city.”



There is no such thing as a typical foster carer. Leeds City Council welcomes enquiries from people of all religions, races, genders and sexuality. Foster carers can be married, single, in a relationship, divorced, widowed, employed or unemployed. Foster carers sometimes work part-time or full-time, however working arrangements must be child and family friendly.



The council has two dedicated fostering support teams and carers have access to professional training and qualifications. There are also opportunities to diversify into other childcare work.



By working for Leeds City Council, carers will help ensure all the available funding for fostering goes towards children and young people and that Leeds children are fostered in their home city, which at times can help them remain in their local school and community.



Visit www.foster4leeds.co.uk or call the dedicated foster care recruitment line on: 0113 24 77 44 3 for more information.



ENDS

For media enquiries, please contact:

Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 2474713

Email: emma.whittell@leeds.gov.uk