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Would-be foster carers invited to drop-in session at Woodthorpe Library

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People interested in becoming foster carers are being invited to a drop-in session being held in  Woodthorpe next Wednesday.

The session will take place at Woodthorpe Library on Wensley Road, between 2pm-4pm.

The event, which takes place between 2pm-4pm, is being planned to help find homes for the 231 children currently in foster care across the county.

One child comes into care in need of a foster carer every day in Nottinghamshire.

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Nottinghamshire County Council fostering recruitment officer Elaine Mills said: “This session is very informal and is for those considering becoming foster carers who would like to find out more.

“It’s a chance for them to ask us questions in person and get more information. We’re looking for foster carers for children and young people of all ages, but are especially interested in speaking to anyone with a particular interest in fostering sibling groups, older children or children and young people with more complex needs where our need is greatest.”

Councillor Kate Foale, vice-chairman of the Children and Young People Service’s Committee and lead on children’s social care said that the pressure to recruit new foster carers is ongoing: “Finding sufficient numbers of the right carers is a challenge faced by all fostering services.

“In Notts, we are particularly looking for foster carers to look after babies, as well as sibling groups and older children to provide them with a loving, secure home and lots of love.”

She added: “We need foster carers based in Nottinghamshire, who have the right skills and experience to do a job that is so rewarding. You just need to be loving, understanding and resilient and have the personality to make a positive impact on children’s lives.”

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