It’s Foster Care Fortnight from Monday 11th – Sunday 24th May 2020, a national annual campaign to raise awareness of fostering from leading fostering charity, The Fostering Network. Hull Fostering are asking you to consider fostering, especially in these unprecedented times.
In 2020, over 8000 new foster families are needed across the UK to care for a range of children, with the greatest need being for foster carers for older children, sibling groups, disabled children and unaccompanied asylum seeking children, and Hull City Council Fostering are recruiting now across our local area. The recruitment of foster carers remains just as crucial as children still come into care and need placements, and we are continuing our efforts to recruit carers and recognise the work they do.
About Hull Fostering
They currently have over 230 Mainstream foster care, Support Care and supported lodgings households, providing amazing care, support and loving homes to our Hull children in care.
There are 850 children in care in Hull with more than 400 of these children and young people placed with Hull Fostering mainstream foster carers, supported lodgings providers (16+). Others are in foster care with family members or other significant connected persons.
Hull Fostering support all of our fantastic foster carers with a generous financial allowance, your own fostering social worker to support and guide your fostering journey and mentoring by Experienced Carers. There are also fun days out, events and foster carer discounts for the families and membership of Fostering Network as a source of independent support and advice.
They have foster carers across Hull and the wider area in East Yorkshire, North Lincs and North East Lincs and are constantly approving new foster carers throughout the year.
Carers must be over 21, have a spare bedroom at home and live within 30 miles of Hull to foster with Hull City Council Fostering. As well as excellent training and ongoing support which they are constantly enhancing, foster carers receive great weekly financial support from £154 – £265, plus they have skills related payments once you gain experience and complete training.
In these challenging times Hull Fostering still need foster carers and are still taking enquiries and processing applications, making use of all the technology available to respect social distancing while still progressing your application. They welcome foster carers from every type of background, culture, religion, gender, sexuality and experience. We have particular need for foster carers (and supported lodgings providers for young people aged 16-21yrs) who could foster children over 5 years of age, sibling groups, teenagers, children with disabilities and other special needs, and unaccompanied children seeking asylum.
Fostering Group Manager Judith Dent says: “You can make a really positive difference to a child’s life by becoming a foster carer in 2020. Our valued foster carers are patient, understanding and have a genuine commitment to make a difference to a child’s life. Whilst we are proud of our current fantastic foster carers, we need more to provide family-based care to as many children who are in care as we can. . Our team are ready to chat to anyone who may be interested in becoming a foster carer with Hull Fostering, we have even created online training videos to help introduce you to fostering. To be a foster carer you undertake an assessment of your suitability which we can start with you through telephone and video conference calls to help you on your journey to fostering with us in 2020.”
Hull Fostering staff are ready to answer your questions – request an information pack today.