Ordinary People Doing an Extraordinary Job - residents are being encouraged to come along and learn more about becoming a foster carer for Clackmannanshire's children at a drop in event taking place at Alloa Town Hall on 17 May from 7-9pm.
Children in Clackmannanshire need foster carers - ordinary local people who can offer a safe and secure experience and lots of fun. Along with people new to fostering, carers working for other agencies are being encouraged to contact the Council, where we can offer training opportunities, support and competitive fees and allowances. The Council would like to recruit up to 50 carers over the next 5 years to ensure that children can be looked after when this is needed.
The Town Hall event provides an opportunity to learn more, to chat with existing foster carers about what it's really like to foster and to speak to friendly staff who can answer any questions you may have.
Potential carers don't need to be a home owner, or married - single or same sex couples can also become foster carers. You do need one or more spare bedrooms that you can make comfy and warm, time, patience, understanding, and a sense of humour.
You'll be offered preparatory groups, ongoing support and advice is available and there will be opportunities to meet other foster carers regularly and hear about the rewards and challenges fostering offers. Foster carers receive a fee and allowance for each child fostered.
This event is part of a campaign which is taking place that can be spotted over the coming months in a variety of different places, including featuring on Council vehicles in the weeks ahead.
Celia Gray, Head of Social Services said: "I'd like to encourage anyone who thinks they could help support our young people to come along to our meeting, where they're assured of a warm welcome from our supportive staff and our experienced foster carers.
"There are different types of caring opportunities available, varying from short respite breaks to adoption or offering a young adult a supported environment before they step out to the world on their own. Please drop in to the Town Hall anytime from 7-9pm for a chat and to have your questions answered."
If you have any questions or would like to find out more please call 01259 225085, email firstname.lastname@example.org or log on to clacksweb.org.uk.