#thisisfostering - Foster Care Fortnight in Bexley

Next week sees the start of national Foster Care Fortnight (11–24 May) - a time when we celebrate our existing foster carers and encourage others to join the team.

Cabinet Member for Children’s Service, Cllr Philip Read said: “Bexley foster carers are among our most treasured key workers in the borough. They play a vital role in keeping children and young people safe at this difficult time and I cannot thank them enough for all they are doing. We have a fantastic team of foster carers here in Bexley but we always need more. We may still be in lockdown but the Fostering Service continue to support and recruit foster carers and you can still start the fostering application process online!

"When you come to Bexley to become a foster carer you are guaranteed training, full support and generous pay, as well as the knowledge that you are working for an Ofsted rated ‘outstanding’ service that prides itself on caring for children and young people. Drop us an email and become part of the team.”

Bexley’s Fostering Team would usually be out and about across the borough hosting information events during this important time. The current pandemic means they have had to rethink their plans.

For the first time, the team will be hosting two online fostering Information sessions -

Thursday 14 May, 11am-12pm

Tuesday 19 May, 5.30pm-6.30pm.

If you would like to attend either of the sessions, please email fostering@bexley.gov.uk and let us know your preferred time and date.

The online sessions will include a short presentation on fostering, including the recruitment process, followed by a question and answer session.

The theme for this year’s Foster Care Fortnight campaign is ‘this is fostering’. Organisers, the Fostering Network, hope this will convey a varied and authentic picture of what real foster carers are like and the work they do for children in need.

If you are unable to make the online information sessions or would just like to find out more, visit www.bexley.gov.uk/fostering or email fostering@bexley.gov.uk