ESSEX County Council is urging residents to make a New Year resolution and volunteer to foster a child in care.
The authority is holding four events – including one in Harlow – where members of the public can meet the recruitment team and experienced carers and find out what it is like to foster.
These are being held on:
• Saturday, January 18, 11am, at County Hotel, Rainsford Road, Chelmsford;
• Saturday, January 25, 11am, at Holiday Inn, Cranes Farm Road, Basildon;
• Wednesday, January 29, 6.30pm, at Essex House, Colchester Business Park, 200 The Crescent; and
• Saturday, February 1, 11am, at Latton Bush Centre, Southern Way, Harlow.
Fostering for Essex County Council helps to ensure that children are placed locally and can remain close to their school, friends and family.
Carers have access to training, networking and advice.
The council is particularly keen to hear from those willing to consider fostering siblings, teenagers and children with disabilities as there is a particular shortage for these groups.
Foster carers come from all walks of life – carers can be single or married, straight or gay, homeowners or renting a property, and there is no upper age bracket.
Unless fostering children under two, carers will need a spare bedroom and to be available before and after school and during holidays.
Cllr Dick Madden, pictured, Essex County Council’s cabinet member for families and children, said: “If you’ve been thinking about fostering then call in to one of our events for an informal chat and to meet some of our existing carers.”
For more information call 0800 801 530 or visit www.essex.gov.uk/fostering.