Parents and carers needed for children in Derbyshire

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Council chiefs are driving forward a recruitment campaign for more foster carers and adoptive parents - by putting adverts on vans driving around the county.

Seven of the council’s vans driving the length and breadth of Derbyshire now carry details of the fostering and adoption campaign in the hope of spreading the message.

Councillor Kevin Gillott, Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Younger Adults, said: “Foster carers and adoptive parents help us to make sure that vulnerable children have safe, supportive homes.

“We need a wide range of carers, in locations throughout Derbyshire so we don’t have to use emergency agency placements.

“Having enough carers also means we can keep local children in local homes near their schools and friends.”

The authority currently has around 420 foster homes to support 630 children in care.

Councillor Gillott added:: “The vehicles are already part of the council’s fleet and are perfectly placed to carry messages.

“Carers come from all walks of life - they can be married or single, working or not, they may have their own children or they may have experience caring for other people’s.

“The main thing is that they have the time, dedication and patience needed to look after a child who may not have had the best start in life.”

To find out more call 0800 0837744 or visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/adoptionandfostering