Foster Care Fortnight – 1 to 15 June

Foster Care Fortnight runs from Monday 1 June to Sunday 14 June, and to mark this year’s campaign Camden is holding our annual foster carer award ceremony on Friday 12 June.

Fostering is hugely important for children when they cannot live with their families. Have you considered becoming a foster carer?

Five things you might not know about fostering:

1. Foster carers do not need to own their home.

2. Foster carers can be single, married or in a civil partnership, with or without children of their own.

3. Camden foster carers receive ongoing training courses in key areas, such as child protection, safe caring, managing difficult behaviour, identity and self-esteem, first-aid, health and safety and working with birth parents. Training is important to help develop a greater understanding of child development and child care.

4. We pay our foster carers a weekly allowance for each child or young person in placement, plus a generous weekly fee for the foster carer. Special payments are also made for birthdays, Christmas and family holidays.

5. All Camden foster carers are allocated a supervising social worker who visits them very frequently. We also have an out-of-hours emergency telephone line, so we are just a call away at any time of the day or night.

And if you live in Camden and foster for Camden you will be exempt from paying council tax.

Open evenings

We hold monthly open information evenings for people interested in fostering. To find out more, please visit our website, call freephone 0800 0281 436 or email at [email protected]