Posted: Wednesday 4th October 2017
As students across the county pack their bags for the start of the new term or for far-flung shores, we are calling on their parents to consider whether fostering might be the way to fill the extra space in your homes and hearts.
Research suggests that every year in September and October, as youngsters fly the nest, there is a significant increase in the number of people coming forward to enquire about fostering and thinking that now might be the right time to do something new and different in their own family lives and being a foster carer might well fit with the changes happening at home
In Hertfordshire there are just over 835 children and young people in care and many live with Hertfordshire’s foster carers - each month, we receive an average of 55 requests for new foster placements, with more requests to place older children (aged 10+), sibling groups and those with more complex needs.
Empty nesters potentially make great foster carers because they’ve already got the skills and experience needed to look after children and teenagers whether this is for a short term or longer term period.
Sharon who has been fostering with us for over a year said: “When my son moved out, I had a spare room so I decided to become a foster carer. The best bit about the job is helping these children through their trauma and making them feel valued. I really enjoy my foster child’s company and opening up her life to new experiences that I can share with her.
“The support from the council has been very good. The training I received was fantastic and there is a lot available and I would like to take advantage of it. It is a big decision and there were times when I wasn’t sure about it to be honest, but as I went through the process and the interview and training it all made sense. So if you have doubts, I would say go through the process and then decide.”
Teresa Heritage, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “All children and young people need a loving and caring environment in which to grow and thrive. It is our aim in Hertfordshire to ensure that everyone gets the best start in life possible. So, we need our residents to help us transform the lives of children and young people. If there is any of our residents who can offer a comfortable, safe and loving home, we’d love to hear from them. Fostering isn’t easy, but it’s truly rewarding.”
Anyone who fosters with Hertfordshire County Council can expect unrivalled support. If you are interested in fostering with us, we’ll be there to guide you through the process, every step of the way. For more information visit http://ow.ly/nvgq30fD7yl