Fostering deal in Doncaster

Councillor Tony Corden.
Councillor Tony Corden.

Doncaster Council has taken the unprecedented step of joining forces with an independent fostering agency, in a bid to clear up any confusion around the different types of fostering.

The partnership will see Doncaster Council and Fostering People host a series of information events which will help anybody interested in fostering understand all the available options.

The first event will take place on Tuesday, November 19, from 5pm to 8pm at Armthorpe Community Centre and it will be the first time an event of its kind has taken place in the Yorkshire region.

Councillor Tony Corden, cabinet member for children’s services, said: “The ultimate aim of both Doncaster Council and Fostering People is to recruit good foster carers who can offer a safe and stable home to Doncaster children. With so many fostering recruitment messages being given out, we want to make sure they are not confusing potential carers and putting them off enquiring. What these events will do is help people learn more about the benefits of fostering, set out the available options and ultimately encourage more people to give young people a great start in life.”

Melissa Miller, marketing manager at Fostering People, added: “Working with Doncaster Council is a great opportunity to clarify the career opportunities available as a foster carer and make clear the benefits of working with a private agency or direct with the council.

“Together we hope our joint venture will enable us to find more foster carers who have the skills and qualities to look after troubled youngsters from Doncaster who deserve to live in a happy and secure family home.”

Anyone interested in hearing more about becoming a foster carer should visit the website www.confusedaboutfostering.com.

Fostering People and Doncaster Council welcome applications from single, same sex, married or co-habiting couples.