Urgent Need for Teenage Foster Carers in Dorset
7:25am 12th May 2014
75% of children who need a foster placement in Dorset are over 11 years old.
That's according to Dorset County Council who're appealing for more people to think about caring for an older child.
As part of Fostering Fortnight- which starts today (12th May)- they're holding drop-in sessions around the county for you to learn more.
Tracy Joslin's a foster carer from Dorchester. She spoke with Wessex FM to tell us why she thinks people are reluctant to take on teenagers.
"They think there's the problems, maybe drugs, maybe bad language, maybe running off, maybe not coming in... that is going to be part of having a teenager, they've come from complex backgrounds; but it's our job, if you would like to do fostering just to give these kids a taste of normality. It's really rewarding."
Tracy continued to tell us she is now a full-time carer and although it may be tough at times, she wouldn't have it any other way. She encouraged anyone thinking about fostering to give it a go, no matter what they're background, sexuality or age.
Cabinet member for children’s safeguarding and families Cllr Rebecca Knox says the Council is always looking for more foster carers;
“It’s a hard enough time for most young people but, for those in care, it can be even harder. We need foster carers who can provide the stability and boundaries to keep a teen safe, but also help them find their feet and encourage them to reach their full potential.
“Although challenging, fostering can also be incredibly rewarding. The right foster family can help turn a young person’s life around, and relationships are often made that will last a lifetime”
The drop-in sessions are:
Tuesday 13th May, 4.30- 9pm - The Dorford Centre in Dorchester
Friday 23rd May, 10am- 2pm - the Hanham Centre in Wimborne
More info can be found here.