More foster carers for Birmingham

By on 20/12/2011 in News

Birmingham City Council is aiming to recruit a further 300 foster carers in 2012.

The announcement follows figures issued by the Fostering Network today (Tuesday 20 December) of the number of carers needed regionally and nationally.

The council has been successful in steadily increasing the number of foster carers in the city - but is now aiming for a more dramatic increase to add to the 450 carers already on its books.

Councillor Matt Bennett, executive member for children's services, said: “Our innovative approach to promoting fostering has been recognised nationally and resulted in a steady year-on-year increase in the number of enquiries we get - a 70 per cent increase since 2007. The Fostering Network was so impressed they invited us to share some of our campaign work with colleagues from other agencies.”

The council's fostering recruitment team has established relationships with organisations such as Drum arts centre and Marks & Spencer to help raise awareness. A 'Time to Care' Zumbathon in the city centre earlier this year resulted in 80 per cent more enquiries compared to any other recruitment event, and the Time to Care campaign will continue in 2012.

In November plans to make fostering recruitment quicker and easier were approved by cabinet; under an expanded contract, if a child cannot be placed internally the council will be able to call upon 25 independent providers to help find the best possible carer.

Anyone interested in becoming a fostering carer can call the recruitment team on 0121 303 7575 or visit www.birmingham.gov.uk/fostering

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