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May 13 2013

Foster Care Fortnight – Harrow Seeks Foster Carers

harrow_council_logo2Harrow Council is marking Foster Care Fortnight by appealing to anyone interested in being a foster carer to get in touch – and help to make a real difference in a child’s life.

Foster carers are needed to give a safe and secure home to children in the borough who need one.
Fostering can be hugely rewarding. Children can stay long or short term – sometimes they just need a few nights away from home and sometimes they are waiting to be adopted.

The Council would particularly like to hear from anyone interested in looking after siblings. Trying to keep children together when they go into foster care is a huge challenge but being able to stay with their brother or sister can be hugely beneficial for a child.

Foster carers Nel and Edgar Fearon have been looking after children in Harrow for 15 years. The couple are short term foster carers and look after between one and three children at a time, often siblings. Children can arrive any time day or night. Often placements are pre-arranged but sometimes they take children in on an emergency basis. They may leave to return to their family or may be adopted.

Nel said: “I would recommend it to anyone who is thinking about it. If you love children and have a lot of patience then it could be just right for you.  It can be a challenge as you have to be ready for anything. Some children may have experienced a difficult home life and you work with social services to support them. Seeing that child improve and move on much happier than when they arrived makes it so worth it.”

Edgar added: “It can be very emotional when the child leaves, they have been part of you and part of the family. Then a new child will arrive and it is time to help someone else.”

Harrow Council Service Manager for Children’s Placements Peter Tolley said: “Harrow Council is committed to supporting those most in need in the borough and our foster carers play a vital role in this, looking after children when they need it most. Foster Care Fortnight is a time to celebrate and thank our foster carers for all that they do and also remind anyone who is interesting in fostering that they can get in touch to find out more.”

Foster carers are given weekly financial payments, comprehensive and continuous training and ongoing support from social workers. If you would like to find out more about being a foster carer call on the freephone number 0800 064 1000.

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