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Find out about becoming a foster carer

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East Riding of Yorkshire Council is looking to recruit new foster carers, for children from babies upwards.

The council is also looking for people who are willing to be a short break foster carer for a child with a disability.

This could mean giving parents a break by looking after their disabled child for anything from a few hours a week, or a regular weekend stay. This would be in the foster carers' own home and they would receive an allowance.

Two information events are being held later this month when people interested in finding out more about becoming a foster carer are welcome to go along.

On Saturday 20 January there will be a drop-in event at East Riding Leisure Haltemprice, from 9.30am to 12 noon. An information stand will be located near the cafe, where staff will be on hand for a chat and to answer any questions and give out information.

A 'find out about fostering' event will be held on Tuesday 23 January at Tickton Grange Hotel, Tickton, near Beverley, from 6 to 8pm. People interested in becoming a foster carer will have an opportunity to talk to fostering social workers, to meet foster carers and their children and find out about free professional training.

Prospective foster carers should ideally be over 25, they can be single, married or co-habiting.

Dave Glenville, the council's fostering team leader, said: "We are particularly looking for people who care about children and young people who need help, care and support at difficult times in their lives.

"Foster carers and their families are exceptional people. If you have the desire to help and can give the time, energy and commitment, we strongly recommend you to come along to the information event and find out how you can become involved in the much needed and highly worthwhile role as foster carer for East Riding children.''

Anyone interested in finding out more can contact fish@eastriding.gov.uk or tel (01482) 396469. For updates and news, follow East Riding Fostering on Facebook.