New year, new year – become a foster carer

Cambridgeshire County Council has launched a campaign to urge those planning a change of career in 2013 to consider becoming a foster carer.

Fostering is a big commitment which involves offering a child space in your home, and in your life. Potential foster carers need to have the time, skills and experience to meet the needs of vulnerable children and young people.

Cambridgeshire County Council recognises this commitment and offers carers a comprehensive support package. Maintenance allowances are paid based on the age of the children and young people placed with our carers, and carers who develop their skills and knowledge by continued professional development receive additional Skills Levels Payments. Carers can also work towards professional qualifications.

Many foster carers earn up to £18,500 per year for each child in their care.

Councillor David Brown, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People’s Services, said: “Our foster carers play a key role in transforming lives and they make a huge difference to children and young people. We need to recruit more carers in Cambridgeshire and urge people who want a new challenge in 2013 to come forward and find out more about fostering.”

The fostering service welcomes enquiries from people aged 21 and over who have a spare room in their home and, in particular, from those who already have experience working with children and young people or who have worked in other caring professions.

To request an information pack please call 0800 052 0078 or log onto: www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/fostering