A leading foster care agency has issued a call for people in North Wales to come forward who can offer a safe, loving home to a child.
Options Fostering, which already helps to find foster carers for children across England, is expanding its services into North Wales this spring, to find new foster homes for some of the hundreds of children who need a family across the area.
Options Fostering would like to hear from new and existing foster carers in the area to join its expanding team.
The agency specialises in finding foster homes for children and young people who have experienced disruption in their lives and require a stable and consistent family environment.
In Wales, more than 4,255 children were living with foster families on 31st March 2015, but statistics show that it is estimated an additional 500 foster carers are needed across Wales, in the next 12 months.
Options already has a strong presence in Flintshire, with Options Kinsale, which offers integrated residential, education, and care packages for children with a wide range of complex needs, including autism, Asperger’s syndrome, dyspraxia and ADHD. The service has a team of dedicated staff who are focussed on delivering high quality, child centred, bespoke packages of care and education.
Options Fostering agency manager, Fleur Johnson, said: “We are really pleased to be expanding into North Wales, especially as it is an area we receive a lot of referrals for children. We would love to be able to help more children find the warm, loving, stable home that they deserve, but we need more foster carers to be able to achieve this.
Fleur said that there were many myths around fostering that sometimes put people off the idea.
“Fostering can be very rewarding, but for some it can seem daunting to take the first step. You don’t need to be a certain age, you don’t need to be married or in a relationship, and you don’t need to already have children to take in a foster child. Options foster carers receive great rates of pay, excellent training and expert support from us 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.”
In addition to new foster carers, Options is also keen to hear from people with previous fostering experience who can find out more information at: www.optionsgroup.co.uk/our-services/fostering/transferring-to-options-fostering
Fleur said: “We’re always happy to hear from those with previous fostering experience, as we really value the input, ideas and experience they bring with them.”
Options Fostering is proud to have all the personal elements of a small agency with the added benefits of being backed by a bigger group, meaning they can offer more training and full support from their clinical teams.