Swindon Borough Council is looking for foster carers and adopters from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities, writes Cheryl Keller from the Family Placement Team.
Foster carers come from all kinds of backgrounds. The only common denominator is that they are people who are committed to helping children and young people by offering to share their homes and their lives for a period of time.
Swindon Council offers a range of fostering options:
Temporary – providing care for children with the goal of returning them to their family;
Permanent – where the plan is for children to remain in care until moving to independence;
Crisis/Emergency – very short-term care provided for families in crisis. This includes ‘crash pads’ in a range of circumstances;
Home & Away – overnight short breaks for children with disabilities.
Supported Lodgings – providing support within a family setting to young people aged 16 to 21 years transitioning from foster care to independent living.
Foster carers receive ongoing training and an allowance. There is someone available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to call and talk with.
For more information on fostering or adoption, contact the Family Placement Team on 01793 465700 or mail: fosteringswindon.org.uk