Residents encouraged to think about fostering

Staff from the fostering team dressed for success to mark Black History Month at a recruitment event highlighting the need for foster carers in Hounslow.

Published: Friday, 1st November 2019

Black History Month for fostering

There are more than 320 babies, children and young people who are currently being looked after by Hounslow Council.

The team work tirelessly to help give these children the best possible start in life by placing them with loving carers who can give them the stability and security they so desperately need. The Black History Month event is one of many recruitments drives the team regular deliver.

The team is always looking for people could becoming foster carers. Anyone can be a foster carer -  you can be one too, so long as you are passionate about children and young people and are willing to open your home – and heart – to vulnerable children who have not had the best start in life.

You do not need to have any formal qualifications to be a foster carer but you do need be passionate about making a real difference to a child’s life. We ask that you:

  • are aged over 21
  • have a spare room, if fostering children aged over two  
  • live or work in the borough, or within reasonable distance of the borough of Hounslow
  • are able to take children to and from school
  • are able to take children to and from contact with their family
  • take a child to health appointments
  • be there for a child whenever they need you – physically and emotionally.

You don’t have to have experience of looking after children to apply. Carers come from all walks of life – some work full or part time while others don’t work at all. You can be married, single, cohabiting or a same sex couple. We also welcome applications from disabled people You do not have to own your home to be a foster carer.

It takes just minutes to find out if you’d be a suitable foster carer. Our highly experienced and friendly fostering team provide support to carers throughout their placement – and beyond. As well as a generous allowance – up to £860 per fortnight - carers are offered specialist support and retention packages, regular specialist training, free fusion leisure and Merlin entertainment passes for the family. Hounslow foster carers also receive a refund for Council Tax paid while looking after a child in their care.

If fostering is something you would like to consider please call us today to find out more. Call 020 8583 3426 for a friendly chat, or click on this link and complete our online enquiry form. If you know anyone who you think would make a great foster carer please forward this information to them.

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