Fostering

Foster Care Fortnight 14 to 27 May 2018

Foster Family Isle of Wight

We are transforming the lives of looked after children on our Island

Foster Care Fortnight is the UK’s biggest foster care awareness raising campaign, delivered by leading fostering charity, The Fostering Network. Established for almost 20 years, the campaign showcases the commitment, passion and dedication of foster carers.

Here at the Isle of Wight Council Fostering team, we appreciate the remarkable work our current foster carers do, looking after vulnerable children who come into their care who need safe, stable homes to feel secure and happy. The fostering team are looking for more carers to join its exceptional team; there are still more children who need an Island foster family.

The fostering team are keen to talk to anyone with the right skills and home environment which could make a difference to a vulnerable child’s life. Foster carers can come from all backgrounds and bring a wide range of life and care experiences. There’s comprehensive training and support to help develop skills and meet the needs of children in care.

The fostering team and foster carers work closely together to achieve a better outcome for children in care. The team have organised drop in events during Foster Carer Fortnight as well as other opportunities throughout the year to talk to them and find out more.

Drop in dates:

  • 16 May - 12noon - 2.30pm - Tesco.
  • 16 May - 3 - 5pm - Ryde Library.
  • 17 May - 11am - 1pm - Lord Louis Library.
  • 18 May - Heights - 10am - 12 noon - Heights.
  • 21 May - 10am - 12 noon - Freshwater Library.
  • 24 May - 10am -12 noon - West Wight Sports Centre.

 

What it takes for you to be accepted as a Foster Carer:

  • At least 21 years-old (although by law you can apply to foster from 18).
  • Have a spare bedroom big enough for a young person to live in.
  • Be a full-time resident in the UK or have leave to remain.
  • You’re kind, caring and capable of providing a safe and secure environment.
  • You have the time available to dedicate to the children in your care.

 

Let's bust those myths

We require a wide range of carers from diverse backgrounds. People often rule themselves out of fostering, buying into the many myths.

Here are a few 'MythBusters':

  • You can be single and foster – but you will need to demonstrate a network of support.
  • You don’t have to own your own home – but you will need to demonstrate stability.
  • We fully support equality and the LGBT+ community.
  • You don’t need any formal qualifications – you will be trained with the skills to foster and be supported to achieve the training and development standards in England.
  • You can sometimes continue to work and foster, depending on the type of fostering you want to do and the needs of the children you will be caring for.

 

Fill out our online initial enquiry form for more details or call 01983 823160

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