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Fostering in Goole: Turning lives around for young people

Every year, tens of thousands of children across the UK need foster carers while they can’t live with their own families. That means thousands of new foster carers are needed every year.

There is currently a national shortage of foster carers and the East Riding fostering team are particularly looking for new carers in Goole and the surrounding area. Could you be one of them?

What is fostering?
Sometimes children are unable to live with their own family. This may be due to a crisis in the family, ill health, relationship difficulty or bereavement. It could also be because they have experienced abuse and need to be protected. Fostering is a way of providing a safe and caring family home for someone else’s child who is unable to live at home for a variety of reasons. Some children may only need to be fostered for a weekend and others may need to be looked after until they are adults. Fostering a child in need can be a very rewarding experience.  Local foster carer Anita Woods, who lives near Goole has been a foster carer for 16 years and looked after a range of children including long term placements, respite and supported lodgings.
Anita said: “The best thing about fostering is just being able to turn the lives around of some of these young people. They come to you with lots of problems and sometimes challenging behaviour, and as you work with them, it is just so incredibly rewarding to see the changes and progress they make. The longer placements have become part of our family, and the best thing for us is just being able to make a difference to their lives for the better. I would wholeheartedly recommend anyone thinking about fostering to get in touch with East Riding, their support has been excellent and the training for new carers is excellent.”

Who can foster?
There is no ‘ideal’ type of foster carer, everyone is unique and brings their own individual experience and abilities. The most important attributes are having time, patience, a sense of humour and the ability to love. Feeling comfortable with children is key and social and family life should be fun, supportive and include ground rules. It doesn’t matter if you are single or in relationship, retired, a home owner or living in rented accommodation.

Why foster with East Riding of Yorkshire Council?
We provide high quality training, comprehensive and dedicated support and a generous allowance to support the children whilst in your care.

What is the next step?
We would highly recommend attending an information event if you are able. These events are a great way to meet and chat with members of the team, foster carers and looked after children and have any questions answered that you may have. The next event is on Wednesday, May 25.

How do I apply to foster?
Contact the East Riding fostering team online at www.eastriding.gov.uk/fostering,  via email on fish@eastriding.gov.uk or call 01482 396469 for an information pack.

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