Have you got room in your home and your heart to foster? Haringey Council is marking foster care fortnight with a series of sessions aimed at encouraging more people to take on the inspiring role.

Foster carers are urgently needed in the borough to look after children who, for a range of reasons, can no longer live with their families. There are around 432 children in care in Haringey, and we particularly need foster carers for teenagers, as 37 per cent are aged 15 – 17.

At one of our information sessions, residents can find out more about what being a foster carer involves, what training and support they receive, and get the chance to chat with a foster carer.

As a foster carer in Haringey you receive:

•    24-hour expert advice and support all year round

•    Monthly supervision and regular support from your personal dedicated supervising social worker

•   Up to £427 per week per child

•   Close working with professional support teams, including child social workers, health and educational specialists

Jan is a Haringey resident who has been fostering for three years. She said:

“I’m really pleased I made the decision to become a foster carer and would urge anyone who is thinking about it to give it a go.

“Of course it has been demanding and challenging but I have really enjoyed it, I’ve learned a lot about myself as well as lots of new skills.

The rewards far outweigh any challenges.”