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There are over 700 children in care in Bristol. Many of these children need to stay with foster families, whilst 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 to come forward, from all walks of life.
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
2. Come to an Information evening
Sit back and enjoy our information session and Q&A, hosted by experienced social workers and foster carers. For details of our next session, and to book your place, call 0117 3534200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Drop by our stall at a local event near you
We run regular information stalls at 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.
This month you will find us at:
- Events will now be in the New Year. Check back to see when.
Find out in this short video what Bristol children in care think makes a good foster carer.
Watch a selection of short YouTube films of Bristol foster carers like the one below.
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?
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.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.
Pages in the section
- Allowances for foster carers
- Different ways to foster
- Fostering - contact us
- Further information for approved foster carers
- Short breaks - contact us
- Short films of Bristol foster carers
- What are the steps to becoming a foster carer?
- Who are the Family Placement Team?
- Who are the children who need fostering?
- Who can foster?
Family Placement Recruitment Team Avonvale Road Bristol, BS5 9RH
- Email: email@example.com
- Work: 0117 353 4200