Find out more about fostering

By a County Press reporter

Friday, May 9, 2014

 

FOSTER Care Fortnight starts next week, when people on the Isle of Wight will be able to find out more about becoming a foster parent.

The Isle of Wight Council Fostering and Adoption Team will visit libraries and leisure centres over the next two weeks.

Cllr Richard Priest, executive member for children services, said: "Foster Care Fortnight is an ideal opportunity for anyone to come along and speak to staff to seek valuable information and advice on what being a foster carer is all about.

"There are many myths about fostering and people may think they are not suitable, perhaps because they do not own their own home or because they work. These are not barriers to fostering and I would encourage anyone thinking of becoming a foster carer to visit the team at one of the locations."

Foster Care Fortnight, co-ordinated by the Fostering Network, is an annual UK-wide awareness campaign which raises the profile of fostering and highlights the need for more foster carers.

The team will be at the following locations:

• Tuesday, May 13 — West Wight Sports Centre, Freshwater between 4pm and 6pm

• May 14 — Lord Louis Library, Newport between 11am and 1pm

• May 17 — Medina Leisure Centre, Newport between 10am and 1pm

• May 21 — Ryde Library between 11am and 1pm

• May 24 — The Heights Leisure Centre, Sandown between 8.30am and 11am.

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