Bristol City Council is renewing its call for people to consider fostering in 2016 as the number of fostered children across the UK hits record levels.
The Fostering Network estimates that another 9,000 new foster families across the UK will be needed in 2016 with 600 being sought in the South West.
To help people find out what fostering involves, Bristol City Council is running two new events; an adoption and fostering workshop for community leaders in February and an LGBT adoption and fostering event in March.
In particular, there is a need for families who are able and willing to provide a home to older children, sibling groups, children with disabilities and those from Black and Minority Ethnic communities. These are the groups who often find themselves waiting longest to be placed.
Councillor Brenda Massey, Assistant Mayor for People with responsibility for Fostering and Adoption Services, said:
“These latest figures from the Fostering Network show how needed foster carers are to provide a loving and safe home to some of the most vulnerable young people in society. I would like to encourage all in Bristol to consider the joy and reward of opening up their home to a child in need of that love and security.
“Throughout the year, Bristol City Council’s Fostering and Adoption team will be holding events to provide advice and guidance to those interested in fostering. I urge anyone thinking of fostering or just curious about this rewarding opportunity, to make contact and come along to one.”
Full details for the two Bristol City Council events are:
• Lead the Way – Adoption and Fostering Workshop –CCS Adoption, 162 Pennywell Road, BS5 0TX – 3 February – 10am to 12pm - www.facebook.com/events/1681691175449193/
• LGBT Adoption and Fostering Event – At-Bristol, Anchor Way, BS1 5DB – 10 March – 7:00pm to 9pm - www.facebook.com/events/1682252402030919/