A speedy fostering service is helping children find new families in North Lincolnshire in record time.
And a fostering evening to be held in the Isle, plus a new Scunthorpe pop-up fostering cafe, will ease the process even more.
The service graded as outstanding by Ofsted takes just 24 hours to respond to initial enquiries with follow-up calls within five working days, bucking the national trend that is much longer.
North Lincolnshire Council is processing fostering applications two months ahead of the national requirement, helping people to realise their dreams of becoming a carer quickly and easily.
Assessments are completed within six months of the first date of enquiry.
During Fostering Fortnight (May 12 to 24), the fostering team is inviting people to a new pop-up coffee shop at 3 The Market, High Street, Scunthorpe. Open from 10am to 4pm every day, people will be able to speak to a fostering social worker over a coffee and find out what’s involved and about the support that is available. Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, Coun Liz Redfern and Mayor, Coun Peter Clark, will open the pop-up shop at 10am on May 12.
There will also be a fostering evening on Wednesday, May 21 at Crowle Children’s Centre, Manor Road, Crowle, from 5pm to 8pm.
If you would like to know more about fostering, you can register your interest online at www.northlincs.gov.uk/fostering or call the fostering team on 01724 297024.
Coun Rob Waltham, cabinet member for People at North Lincolnshire Council, said: “Never before has there been a better time to foster. Not only is our fostering service ‘outstanding’ as recognised by national inspectors Ofsted, we are also processing applications much faster than other areas, making us more attractive to potential foster carers.
“We provide an excellent support package to help our carers from start to finish. This includes financial support, training and moral support.
“People of all ages and abilities can foster and you don’t have to already have children or have fostered before. We are a very liberated, open-minded council and welcome enquiries from lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, single people, childless couples and those who already have children.
“We are particularly keen to find carers for sibling groups of all ages and children over ten years old.
“Helping a child and seeing them reach their true potential is incredibly rewarding. If you think you’ve got what it takes to foster, then please get in touch. We’d love to hear from you.”