Wave of calls as borough hits foster care shortage

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AROUND 70 people have come forward for details of becoming foster parents in Doncaster following a campaign across the borough.

Social services bosses in the borough are trying to recruit 31 foster carers this year to provide a stable home for vulnerable children.

Currently some children have to live outside the borough because there are not enough carers who live in the borough.

But events run in the borough during Foster Care Fortnight in May brought a wave of enquiries.

Around 20 of those have already progressed to the second stage of the process to become a foster carer.

Coun Eric Tatton-Kelly, Doncaster Council’s cabinet member for the children and young people’s service, said: “The council urgently needs more foster carers and I’m really pleased that so many people have been in touch to find out more.

“Almost anyone can become a foster carer, all you need is a spare room, and time and energy.

“If you, or someone you know, could help Doncaster’s children please get in touch to find out more.”

There are currently 161 foster carers registered in Doncaster.

The application process to become one of them takes about six months from start to finish because the authorities have to check whether applicants are suitable to have children placed with them.

Carers receive an allowance to cover the cost of looking after a child, ranging from £125 to £215 a week.

Despite the numbers who have come forward so far, officials are planning more recruitment efforts.

The next one planned will be a week-long stall at the Frenchgate centre from July 18 until to July 24.

The council’s Fostering Team will be attending a series of events over the summer. Details are available by calling the freephone number on 0808 129 2600. Alternatively, those interested can, email fostering@doncaster.gov.uk or visit www.doncaster.gov.uk/fostering on the internet.