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The drive to recruit more foster carers in Cambridgeshire continues with the launch of a short film showing the six simple steps to sign up.

Cambridgeshire County Council’s fostering service has released a new video today (Tuesday, October 30) highlighting the six steps in the journey to becoming foster carers with Team Cambridgeshire, our new look fostering service.

The County Council launched a campaign last month to help provide homes for the 700 local children currently in care and in the last month has received over 80 new enquiries with many people asking for more information on the recruitment and assessment process.

Six Steps to Fostering is part of the local authority’s continuing Team Cambridgeshire campaign to recruit more local carers to provide homes for local looked after children and young people and highlights stages in the process including how to apply, support and training. You can view the film here: https://youtu.be/Qr8vAYOteBo

Cllr Simon Bywater, chairman of the Children and Young People Committee, said: “Fostering is a rewarding role for anyone who wants to make a real difference to the lives of Cambridgeshire’s children and young people. While the process to becoming a foster carer is thorough, we make it as simple as we can and we support you through all the steps to help you to decide what type of fostering is best for you.

“There are lots of different types of fostering, and opportunities to care for children and young people of all ages. So whatever your background or experience, please get in touch to find out more about how you can play your part in Team Cambridgeshire.”

Team Cambridgeshire’s carers receive comprehensive local training, 24 hour support and generous allowances. Carers can also earn additional payments and gain professional qualifications as they develop their skills and experience.

You can join the team too! To be a foster carer you need to be over 21 and foster carers can be single, married, in a civil partnership or living with a partner. We welcome applications from people of all ethnic backgrounds and from people who have their own children, as well as those who haven’t raised children of their own.

You don’t need to be a homeowner to foster. We are also calling on local businesses and organisations to join others who are already supporting Team Cambridgeshire by sharing the fostering message with their employees.

Further information is available online at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/fostering, email [email protected] or call 0800 052 0078 for an informal chat.


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