February 2017

Your Council

Foster for Flintshire

Fostering Information Evening

If you want more information on becoming a foster carer, why not come along to an information evening being held on Tuesday 7 February, 7pm at Springfield Hotel near Holywell?

You'll have the chance to listen to foster carers’ stories and learn more about how to become a foster carer. Please email fostering@flintshire.gov.uk to register to attend.

If you can’t make this date, information sessions are held every month, so visit our website for upcoming dates and venues.

Fostering Friendly

Flintshire County Council has become the first local authority in Wales to achieve "fostering friendly" status with the Fostering Network, offering its employees flexibility to combine working and fostering with the Council. The Council is also encouraging more local businesses to adopt a flexible and supportive working arrangement for any staff who foster through the local Council. 

There are currently 64,000 children in care in the UK, with a child coming in to care every 20 minutes in need of a fostering family, more new foster carers are needed.  

The “fostering friendly” status policy, developed by the Fostering Network, encourages employers to provide flexibility and time off for employees who are prospective foster carers and are going through the application process to become a foster carer. It also supports those foster carers already providing care to looked after children, to cover any training, attendance at panels and hearings and to respond to any emergencies which may arise.

Could your business be "fostering friendly" and encourage your employees to foster? Contact fostering@flintshire.gov.uk for more information and advice.

Do you have the experience to help a child in Flintshire by becoming a foster carer?

There are many local children who need stability and security to help them stay on the right path and flourish.

If you have experience and skills that you can bring to fostering, we want to hear from you.

Are your own children now teenagers or left home, or do you have experience of working or volunteering with children over age 10?

Flintshire fostering service really needs foster carers for older children. Can you give another child a chance at a positive future?

Why foster with your local council?

Fostering with your local Council gives you the chance to help local children – help them to stay in their local area and local schools.

Support and training is right on your doorstep and there is an experienced team on hand to help you every step of the way. Come and join over 100 local families who already foster with us.

How long does it take?

The process to become a foster carer takes about 12 months from your first enquiry.

What support will I get?

We give you lots of information and training to become a foster carer, and lots of support along the way. Our team has lots of experience and some of them have been foster carers themselves.

Want to help make a difference in your community in 2017, but not sure of you are eligible?

Here are some of the things you’ll need:

  • A spare bedroom, not shared
  • Spare time
  • Healthy active lifestyle
  • Able to transport children to school and activities
  • Stable home life
  • Supportive family and friends
  • Flexible school-friendly working hours (if you work)

We believe that everyone has something different to offer. Find out if it’s the right time for you to foster, request an information pack today – fostering@flintshire.gov.uk

Visit our website to read foster carers’ stories and find the answers to your questions.

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