Bideford's Atlantic Village to host foster care event

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By tinap | Wednesday, February 06, 2013, 10:01

Bideford's Atlantic Village will provide the venue for a special event this month aimed at people interested in fostering.

Devon County Council who are hosting the event are hoping to encourage more people to consider fostering.

Council workers will be on hand to give out information about fostering at a stall at Atlantic Village from 10am to 4pm, on Wednesday, February 20.

Devon has over 700 children in care, and just over 300 fostering households. However many current foster carers are approaching retirement age so the County Council needs to recruit new carers.

Anyone can be considered as long as they are over 21 and have a spare bedroom. There is no requirement to be married, be wealthy or already have children. Foster carers are fully supported through a social worker, regular support groups and excellent training.

Councillor Andrea Davis, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Children, Health and Wellbeing said: "There is always a demand for good foster carers in Devon to provide safe and caring homes for children and young people right through from birth to adulthood.  It is vital that we help give children the best possible start in life and foster carers play an essential role in looking after some of Devon's most vulnerable children."

There are a number of different types of fostering, from emergency, respite care, temporary and long-term fostering, to specialist schemes helping those with challenging behaviour or looking after young people on remand. All carers are paid an allowance.

For more information, or to register an interest please email foster@devon.gov.uk or call 0845 155 1013.

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