Published: Monday, 8th May 2017

Foster Care fortnight runs from Monday 8 to Sunday 21 May.

Providing a safe and caring home for a child or young person who is unable to live with their own family is extremely rewarding. You will be joining a vibrant community of Royal Greenwich foster carers who meet regularly and provide a support network for each other. You will receive a range of developmental opportunities and financial support is also provided.

Find out more at an information event

You can find out more by attending the Fostering Information Event at the Woolwich Centre on 11 May from 7pm to 9pm, which will include a presentation about what fostering involves and an opportunity to speak to current foster carers.

Foster in the way that suits you

Cllr Miranda Williams, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: "Our foster carers do a fantastic job transforming the lives of children and young people in care but we need more people to come forward. 

"There are different ways in which you can foster depending on what suits you, from emergency fostering for a few nights to short-term fostering and longer term. I encourage anyone who is interested to come along to one of our recruitment events and find out how to sign up."

What we are looking for

The Royal Borough welcomes carers from different nationalities, ethnicities and all walks of life. You don't even have to be a parent although experience of caring for a child is useful.

The Royal Borough particularly needs foster homes for siblings, teenagers, children with disabilities and parent and child placements. We are not currently recruiting homes for babies.

Receive training and ongoing support

The application process includes a home visit and interview followed by checks and an assessment. Successful foster carers are allocated a supervising social worker, receive training and on-going support.