Posted: Monday 3rd July 2017
As part of our #WorkingForYou A to Z, we are bringing you a different county council service each day, illustrating the wide range of services we provide and introducing you to the people who are working for you.
A is for Adoption and Fostering
“I am the first port of call for anyone interested in adoption and fostering,” says Adam, a recruitment officer in the adoption and fostering team.
Adam has been working in the Adoption and Fostering team for almost a year, helping to find adoptive parents and foster carers to make a positive difference to children and young people throughout Hertfordshire.
“Day to day I will be liaising with prospective foster carers and adopters, answering their queries on the phone or by email and visiting applicants in their homes to complete initial visits. I’ll also be planning and attending events to raise awareness of fostering and adoption in Hertfordshire,” he said.
“I enjoy the variety of my job, meeting so many different people, getting involved in the community and helping children to find new families.”
There are over 430 mainstream foster carer households across the county caring for over 450 children. Many of the children are over 10 years old, teenagers or part of a sibling group. Children come into care for a variety of reasons, but they will have often had difficult starts where they have experienced abuse and neglect. They require carers who are able to offer them security, safety and stability during difficult times in their lives.
A number of children in care will require long-term and permanent placements, where they are accepted and considered as part of the family. There is a constant demand for new placements and we therefore need to continually recruit foster carers who are able to provide these children and young people with safe, loving homes where they can be accepted and encouraged to achieve to their full potential.
There are currently 35 approved adopters in Hertfordshire who are being matched with children with a plan for adoption. Last year, 102 children were placed for adoption and the recruitment team needs to continue to recruit adopters who are able to offer these children a permanent home.
Foster carers and adopters are offered excellent support and training, provided by skilled professionals and other carers & adopters. Foster carers also receive payments for their skills, as well as an allowance for the child/children they care for.
This year we need to recruit 60 new fostering households and 50 new adopters in Hertfordshire.
If anyone is interested in adoption or becoming foster carer, please call us on 0800 917 0925 for more information.
To find out more about the services we provide, visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/whatwedo