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Foster carers open evening hailed a success
8:00am Monday 22nd October 2012 in News
POTENTIAL foster carers attended an open evening at the Park Inn Hotel in North Stifford recently.
Around 30 people attended the event, which gave them the opportunity to meet staff from Thurrock Council’s fostering service, existing foster carers, and the council’s cabinet member for children, Oliver Gerrish.
Cllr Gerrish said: "It’s great to meet so many potential foster carers as well as some of our existing carers.
“The fostering service and the carers do a tremendous job supporting some of our most vulnerable people at the most vulnerable times in their lives.
“We have 256 looked-after children in Thurrock but just 98 households that foster so we need more people to come forward as potential carers.
“This event, and the ones which will follow, give a great insight into what it’s like being a foster carer and shows there is great support from the council and groups run by foster carers."
For more information about fostering, go online to www.thurrockfostering.gov.uk.