Redbridge Council launch fortnight dedicated to finding foster carers

Cllr Elaine Norman, cabinet member for Children and Young People

Cllr Elaine Norman, cabinet member for Children and Young People - Credit: Archant

Redbridge Council are “urgently” looking for loving homes “desperately needed” by children and young people across the borough.

They launch Foster Care Fortnight on Monday, and are asking would-be-foster carers to come forward and offer those in need a safe and caring home.

A council spokeswoman said: “Whether you are single or married, black or white, same-sex or heterosexual we are asking potential carers from all walks of life to come forward and provide homes that will help change the lives of children in care for the better.

“You will need to have a spare room and lots of love to give and by becoming a foster carer you will make a big difference to a child or young person’s life.

“If you can provide a safe and loving home and have a spare room, we would love to hear from you.”

There is a demand across the borough, and the council are urgently need more carers for children aged 11 and above, and their siblings.

Cllr Elaine Norman, cabinet member for children and young people said: “We know fostering can sometimes be a daunting process but we want people to see just how much difference they can make to a child’s life, as well as their own.

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“Our council website Redbridge i is the first port of call for people interested in fostering, and there is lots of information available.”

If you are interested please call the council for a chat on 020 8708 7528 or come along to one of the fostering information sessions which are held throughout the year.

The council offer personal and professional development, support, and an excellent financial package to help foster parents. The weekly allowances range pay up to £441 per week.