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UPDATED: Dorchester fostering drop-in today

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Published at 9:03am 14th January 2018. (Updated at 7:42am 15th January 2018)

If you've ever considered fostering there is a drop in session in Dorchester today (15th January) to find out more.

Dorset County Council wants more families to become foster carers as there are still too many children, teens and young adults who don't have a stable home base.

Tim Wells is from the fostering service at Dorset County Council.

He says virtually anyone can foster:

"You need to be over 21 and in reasonable health. You can be a single carer or in a partnership and have any kind of background or diversity of life experiences.

"Obviously we do take up references, as well as a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, but even some offences don't debar you from becoming a foster carer.

"As long as you have the accommodation and the right attributes; can demonstrate you can provide a child with a loving, caring home; understand child development; are able to set reasonable boundaries and can adapt, then we would relaly like to hear from you."

The two-hour drop-in runs from 10.30 a.m - 12.30 p.m at Monkton Park and is a chance to find out about eligibility, fees, allowances and training. It's also a chance to ask any questions you might have about what's involved in becoming a foster carer - and what it's really like.

Tim said: "I won't pretend that it's not hard work, but the dynamic nature of caring for children, watching them respond to you and helping them achieve at school, giving them opportunities that perhaps they didn't have before, watching them turn into more rounded individuals and helping them onto their journey into a successful adulthood is enormously rewarding.

"At any one time we do have children we are looking to place within a loving, family environment. We would like families from all walks of life to come forward and talk to us and think about their role in doing that."

Councillor Steve Butler, lead member for Children's Services said: "This is a great opportunity for anyone who is considering a career in fostering. It's a relaxed way to find out more from the team without any pressure.

"In addition, our existing foster carers are in the best position to explain exactly what it's like to take on this rewarding and life-changing role."

Cllr Butler added that fostering is a chance to make a real difference to a young person's life, as well as an opportunity to learn new skills and follow a professional development programme.

Foster carers are paid a weekly fee for their work, and are given an allowance for each child they foster.

If you can't attend, you can find out more by visiting www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/fostering, or by calling 01305 225568 or by emailing fosteringenquiries@dorsetcc.gov.u

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