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There are over 700 children in care in Bristol. Many of these children need to stay with foster families while they are unable to live at home.
A national shortage of foster carers means we are struggling to find enough carers living in and around Bristol who reflect all of our children's backgrounds. So we urgently need more people from all walks of life to come forward.
We understand that fostering isn't something you can decide on straight away, after all, it's a big commitment.
The first step is to simply find out more, and to talk to experienced foster carers about their experiences.
Here are three easy ways to find out more about fostering:
1. Order an information pack and DVD
Our team are also very happy to answer any questions you may have at this point.
2. Come to an information evening
Sit back and enjoy our information evening and question and answers session, hosted by experienced social workers and foster carers.
For details of our next session and to book your place, call 0117 353 4200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Drop by our stall at a local event near you
We run regular information events throughout the year, so if you are out and about in the city you can drop by to pick up information and chat informally with our team and experienced foster carer ambassadors.
Come and talk to your local team about fostering at the Bristol 10K run
Date: 31 May, 2015
Time 8am to 12noon
Location: Anchor Square, adjacent to Millenium Square, Bristol
Learn about fostering 'speed dating' style.
Date: 4 June, 2015
Time: 6pm to 7.30pm
Location: The Station, Silver Street, Bristol, BS1 2AG
Come and speak to all those involved in fostering, foster carers, care leavers and social workers in a fun and relaxed environment. Great opportunity to speak individually to a variety of people and ask any questions you may have, or just listen to their story!
To register your attendance email email@example.com or call 0117 3534200.
Interested in fostering a disabled child?
Date: 10 June, 2015
Time: 9.30am to 12noon and 5.30pm to 7pm
Location: Junction 3 Library, Baptist Mills, Easton, BS5 0YL
We are holding 2 drop in sessions for anyone interested in caring for disabled children. There are a variety of schemes available depending on how much time you can offer, one of these is becoming a foster carer for a disabled child.
Come along to find out more from experienced carers and social workers.
Find out in this short video what Bristol children in care think makes a good foster carer.
Find out how fostering will change a life forever in this video.
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Foster carers share the responsibility for the child with a local authority and the child's parents. Fostering is usually a temporary arrangement, though sometimes foster care may be the plan until the child grows up.
Adoption is a way of providing a new family for children who cannot be brought up by their own parents. It's a legal procedure in which all the parental responsibility is transferred to the adopters.
Once an adoption order has been granted it can't be reversed except in extremely rare circumstances. An adopted child loses all legal ties with their first mother and father (the "birth parents") and becomes a full member of the new family, usually taking the family's name.
You may not be ready to foster yet or are just interested in finding out more information at this stage, but can you help us to recruit more foster carers for the children in care in our city?
1. Like us on Facebook and help spread the word! Bristol City Council Fostering Facebook The more likes, the more chances of finding the next foster carer.
2. You could download an A4 fostering recruitment poster (pdf, 224 KB)(opens new window) or an A4 BME fostering recruitment poster (pdf, 1.5 MB)(opens new window) and display it in your workplace or at your local church, playgroup, scouts group etc. If you would like some copies posted contact the Family Placement Recruitment Team on 0117 353 4200 with your request.
3. You could also send the link to this page to anyone you know who may be interested in fostering.
We really appreciate your contribution. Thank you.
Bristol City Council-
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Family Placement Recruitment Team B Bond Warehouse Smeaton Road Bristol, BS1 6XN
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Work: 0117 353 4200