Foster Care Fortnight talks in Lincolnshire will dispel misconceptions

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Lincolnshire Fostering Service is inviting anyone who has thought about fostering to attend one of two organised events to talk with skilled foster carers about their very own experiences.

Two evenings with Lincolnshire foster carers are being held on Thursday, June 4 from 6pm to 8pm at The Showroom in Lincoln, and on Thursday, June 11 from 6pm to 8pm at The Guildhall in Grantham.

The events coincide with Foster Care Fortnight, which runs from June 1 to 14, and the service is keen to use this as an opportunity to highlight the many misconceptions people have about who is able to foster.

In Lincolnshire, there are currently over 600 looked after children but only 360 fostering households. More carers are needed to look after teenagers, children in long-term placements (until they are 18 years of age), sibling groups who need to be kept together, children and young people who have been remanded to local authority care, and children with additional needs.

Therefore carers are needed from all walks of life to meet the extensive range of children who need to be looked after. You can be a foster carer regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, marital status or religion.

Lizette Watts is the recruitment team manager for the fostering and adoption team. She said “These events have been co-ordinated to give interested people the opportunity to explore whether foster caring is something that they could pursue.

“By being able to talk to foster carers, individuals can ask any questions and gain a valuable insight into what foster caring entails. This will help counter any myths and misconceptions about foster care and encourage people to value their background and what they can bring to fostering as individuals in their own right.”

To book your place call 01522 554114 or log on at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/countyourselfin