It’s the little things that mean so much to a child in care. From having their hair plaited before school to knowing you’ll be glad to see them when they get home and having their own seat at the dinner table, many of these children simply need a loving family environment to support them.
Lots of different people make fantastic foster carers and we recruit from all walks of life. As a culturally diverse county, we want to ensure our cohort of foster carers continues to be reflective of the needs of children in care in Leicestershire. This is where you come in. Fostering is genuinely rewarding in so many ways and you can make a real difference to a young person who needs you.
We consider everyone who contacts us on an individual basis, so please don’t automatically count yourself out – whether you’re single or married, straight or LGBT+, a homeowner or renting, have a religious background, or birth children already – you can foster. Even if you don’t have a spare room, if you could take care of a child 0-2 years whilst being available to them fulltime, then let us know. There are lots of different types of fostering – you could be more suited than you think!
All we ask before getting in touch is that you’re over 21 and have lots of patience and love to give. Together, we can decide which fostering path is the right one for you.
Fostering is a big decision for anyone – we know lots of people do think about it and have a lot of questions. So our friendly team hold regular ‘find out about fostering’ events at County Hall, Leicestershire (LE3 8SA) to cover everything you need to know about becoming a foster carer with Leicestershire County Council and there’s an opportunity to hear from some of our foster carers and their families about their experiences.
The events are informal and relaxed – with plenty of tea and biscuits! It’s great if you can let us know you’re coming but we don’t mind if you just drop in. After the event, you can either speak to one of us in more detail, or just take away an information pack and get back in touch with us if you’d like to.
So if you could open your heart and your home, please do give us a call on 0116 305 05 05 or join us at one of our upcoming events. We’d love to see you.
Our next events are:
Wednesday 4 July
Tuesday 24 July
Wednesday 15 August
Thursday 6 September
Thursday 27 September
For more information, visit www.fosteringleicestershire.com or speak to us on 0116 305 05 05