Recruiting foster carers for children in Hertfordshire
The Hertfordshire County Council Fostering Team is working on a project to recruit more foster carers for children in Hertfordshire. We are currently in a desperate situation. We have 950 children in Hertfordshire in foster care and are losing more foster carers than gaining each year. This pilot project is focusing on organisations around the Hemel Hempstead and St Albans areas.
We know from research that actually speaking to people in the community about becoming a foster carer and letting them hear from people who are foster carers themselves, has much greater success in recruiting people. We can help to allay any fears and bust myths about fostering which will hopefully result in more people taking the next step and applying to become a foster carer.
We have a lot of people from voluntary and charitable organisations that are approved foster carers including those coming up to retirement age or working part-time. They are able to work alongside their fostering responsibilities with great success. Almost anyone can apply to be a foster carer, and we positively welcome foster carers from all parts of the community so we can find the best match for every child.
With this in mind, we would love the chance to come and talk to your staff about fostering and what it entails. We can give a small talk or just have an informal chat (10 minutes) – whatever suits your organisation. We are hoping to visit local groups and schools throughout May and June so please could you let me know when would be most convenient for you.
Throughout March a list of groups to visit is being complied so would appreciate it if you could contact us within the next couple of weeks i.e. by Friday 20 March.
If us attending one of your staff meetings is not convenient, would you be happy to display one of our fostering posters in your communal area / staff room?
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further details or to arrange a date for us to visit you.