Drop in sessions to help recruit foster carers

Stockport Council is running a number of fostering drop in sessions and open evenings to recruit foster carers in Stockport for older children and teenagers.

Drop in sessions to help recruit foster carers

The council’s fostering team are inviting local residents to come along and meet local foster carers who are sharing their experiences of fostering older children and teenagers.

Louise fosters teenagers and says, “The teenage years are complex at the best of times and teenagers need stability. I remember when we started to foster young people we got an emergency call to look after a teenager for a couple of days. She stayed with us for thirteen months. In that time I learned so much and discovered that teenagers really were my niche. It might be because I feel I can relate to them so much.”

“It’s all about listening,” she says. “I learnt pretty quickly that you don’t build a strong relationship by talking at children. You need to listen. If you do that eventually they’ll start opening up and you can build a real relationship that will pay dividends when you start to see their true identity develop and they really start to believe in themselves.”

Councillor Colin Foster Stockport Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Family Services, said: “Finding people with the right skills to foster older children is a high priority for Stockport Council and our foster carers benefit from the support and training the local authority provides. These events give people who are considering fostering the opportunity to take the first step and find out more about fostering in Stockport”.
The drop in sessions are being held on Thursday 8th February at Central Library and Friday 9th February at Costa Coffee at the Peel Centre between 11-2pm. The monthly open evening is taking place on Tuesday 6th February, starting at 6pm at Stockport Town Hall.

For more information about becoming a foster carer, contact the Council’s Fostering team on 0161 474 3400 or visit the fostering web pages.