This summer, Reading Borough Council’s Adoption & Permanence Team are hoping to recruit long term or ‘permanence’ foster carers for some of their looked after children.
There are currently over 200 children looked after by Reading Borough Council.
The vast majority of these children will return to the care of their birth families, but unfortunately there will be some who are unable to return home.
Long term or permanence fostering is the best option for many looked after children and young people to be part of a stable and loving family.
Permanence foster carers provide children with support and guidance in all aspects of their life including birth family relationships, educational achievement and emotional support.
It is hoped that the child will grow up with their foster carers and remain there until they are ready to move on to independence.
With this in mind, could you welcome a child into your family now and as they grow older?
Bethany Hare and Jennah Holder are the social workers in the team responsible for permanence fostering.
“We would love to hear from anyone who feels able to provide a child with a home. We have several children waiting for families,” they said.
Reading has a diverse population and the children needing permanent foster care come from a wide range of backgrounds.
“We aim to recruit suitable carers from all walks of life. What you are able to offer a child is much more important to us than your personal circumstances.”
Foster carers may be married, living with a partner or single. They may own their own home or live in rented accommodation, provided that a foster child has their own bedroom.
They try to place children with families who understand their background and can offer a home that meets their religious, language and cultural needs.
Foster carers must be aged 21 or over. There is no upper age limit as long as you are in good health and are able to meet the needs of a child through to adulthood.
The Council do not automatically exclude people because they are overweight or have a disability.
“We need carers to look after children with all sorts of different needs and would like to hear from anyone who has experience of caring for children or young people,” Bethany and Jennah add.
If you are interested in becoming a Permanence Foster Carer, or would like more information, call the team on (0118) 937 3740.