Cllr Rachel Heywood, Lambeth’s cabinet member for Children and Families has urged residents to consider fostering at the start of Fostering Fortnight (13th – 26th May 2013). Lambeth has set an ambitious target to recruit an additional 30 foster carers in 2013/2014
During Fostering Fortnight (13-26 May):
- Members of Lambeth’s fostering team will talking to residents in Brixton High Street throughout the week
- Informal monthly drop-in information sessions at Lambeth Town Hall, SW2 1RW on 28 May, 25 June and 30 July (last Tuesday of every month from 4.30-5.45pm)
- Residents can speak to our experts about being a foster carer by calling 020 7926 8710 or email the team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cllr Heywood said, “We have many children in our care at Lambeth and they deserve the chance to grow up in a safe, loving and secure home. Fostering can make a huge difference to a child’s life. Lambeth is an incredibly diverse borough and we want to encourage people from a range of backgrounds, races, religions, languages, ethnicities, sexualities and genders to become foster carers.
Esther Davis has fostered two children for the last six months. She explains what fostering means to her, “I foster because I have children of my own and I just felt like giving something back to others.My fostering experience has been brilliant, it’s been a challenge but it is very rewarding to know you have given love and stability to a child. Also to know a family is now happier because of the trust and reassurance you have built with them. I have such a brilliant team of social workers and supervising social workers who are always there whenever you needed them”.
Jay, now 21 years old, explains what fostering meant to her, “I have been in foster care since I was 12. Foster care has developed a lot and Lambeth has got better at listening to the voice of the children and young people’s experience of foster care. The care I received staying with my last foster carer was very good, I got the emotional support that I needed. She helped me grow into the outspoken passionate person I am today.”
Notes to editors:
A recent Ofsted report rated Lambeth’s fostering service as ‘outstanding’.
Lambeth currently has 499 children in our care, 369 are in foster placements so we need more carers from diverse backgrounds who can provide children with the safe and loving home that they need and deserve.
Lambeth offers comprehensive and specialist training and support offered to foster carers
More information is available on: http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/fostering