Find out about becoming a foster parent in Peterborough

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As part of this year’s Foster Care Fortnight, Peterborough City Council is aiming to recruit more foster carers who have the skills and experience to look after older children and teenagers.

There are around 150 registered fostering households in Peterborough that care for about 300 children every day.

While many carers are approved for babies and toddlers, about six out of 10 young people the council looks after are aged 10 or above.

The council has successfully recruited over 60 new fostering households in the past two years.

Those carers have come from a range of backgrounds and are already making a difference to the lives of some of the city’s most vulnerable children.

There are a number of ways to find out about fostering over the course of the next two weeks and beyond.

Residents can visit the council’s fostering team at one of its recruitment stands.

These are at: Serpentine Green Shopping Centre (Tuesday, June 2 to Sunday, June 7) and Queensgate Shopping Centre (Monday, June 8 to Sunday, June 14).

Residents can also meet other prospective carers at a fostering information evening at Peterborough Town Hall, Bridge Street, on Tuesday, June 16 between 6pm and 8pm.

There is also information at the council’s SEND pop-up shop in Bridge Street until June 15.

To see a video and request an information pack, visit www.peterboroughfostering.co.uk or call on 01733 317 427.

Councillor Sheila Scott, cabinet member for children’s services, said: “Our foster carers are not left to go it alone and are supported financially.

“We are looking for supportive households who can provide stability for these young people.

“If you are interested in becoming a foster carer please take some time to find out more and we’ll be with you every step of the way.”