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CHANCE TO FIND OUT ABOUT FOSTERING

fosteringcouncilAnyone interested in fostering or adoption is invited to a drop in session being held on Wednesday 10th June.

As part of Foster Care Fortnight, staff from the Isle of Wight Council’s fostering and adoption team will be at Newport Library from 11:00 until 14:00 on 10th June.

The drop in session is a chance to ask any questions, with staff also keen to dispel some of the myths associated with becoming a foster carer.

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As part of an ongoing scheme to recruit foster carers, a new Facebook page and Twitter feed has been launched. These are available at www.facebook.com/isleofwightfostering and www.twitter.com/islandfostering.

Councillor Jonathan Bacon, Executive member for children’s services, said:

“Local children need Island homes and it is no secret the Isle of Wight needs more foster carers. This drop in session is an ideal opportunity to discuss any questions you may have.

“We have also recently launched a scheme where anyone who becomes a new foster carer will recieve a £1000 allowance for their first placement. This is in addition to the standard weekly allowance.

“Anyone wanting to be a foster carer is also given comprehensive training and even if we recruit a handful of new carers, they will make a big difference.”

More information on fostering is available on the council’s website at www.iwight.com/fostering.

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