Sefton Council is inviting local residents to meet its expert fostering and adoption teams over a hot drink and bite to eat at the Vincent Hotel, Southport later this month.
The session, which starts at 6.30pm on Tuesday, September 22, is part of a series of bi-monthly, free events staged by the local authority to help meet the need for new carers and adoptive parents.
Nearly 500 people have been to these sessions so far, getting answers to their questions and gaining crucial insight from experienced foster carers to help them take their interest further.
In Sefton, 30 new carers and 10 adoptive parents are needed to provide stable, loving homes for some of the most vulnerable children in the borough, in particular for older children and teens and sibling groups.
Cllr John Joseph Kelly, Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Safeguarding, said: “In the national and local media there has been growing attention on foster care and adoption for some time, meaning there is a wealth of information for people to look at when thinking about becoming carers or adopters.
“While I welcome this, I also believe that sometimes people simply want to speak to professionals or people with experience face-to-face, and so it has proved with our information sessions, with many good leads and outcomes for our children as a result of them. If you cannot make this session, I recommend that you come along to our next one at Crosby Lakeside in November.”
Maria Spatuzzi, Team Manager at Sefton Fostering Service, added: “These sessions go from strength to strength. Not only have they played an important role in our foster carer and adopter recruitment, we also see many people making return visits to the sessions along their journey to being approved to take children into their families.
“Feedback we receive from the sessions is always positive, as those who come along appreciate the advice of our team and foster carers, who kindly give up their time to share their passion and expertise on behalf of the local authority.”
If you or someone you know is thinking of becoming a foster carer or adopting children, contact Sefton Council’s Fostering and Adoption Service on FREEPHONE 0800 923 2777 or visit:www.seftonfostering.co.uk / www.seftonadoption.co.uk
You can also find the service on Facebook /SeftonFostering and Twitter @SeftonFostering
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