Choose fostering with council

Derbyshire County Council says there are plenty of reasons to foster with them.

Strategic director of children and younger adults, Ian Thomas, said: “We have a great team of 430 foster carers but more are always needed.

“Fostering, like parenting, is challenging but highly rewarding work. There are lots of different types of fostering available depending on your circumstances.

“We offer lots of benefits, support and training to all our foster carers as well as competitive financial allowances.

“We are looking for people from all walks of life to come forward and find out if they have what it takes to become a foster carer.”

He said that some of the reasons to choose Derbyshire, include:

• Full training before becoming a foster carer, including a three-day skills course.

• Training and equipment to help you look after your foster child or children, including a grant towards IT equipment and internet access.

• Training courses include first aid and computer courses.

• Maximum annual fees, allowances and bonuses ranging from £8,400 to more than £36,000 depending on age and complexity of needs of the child. The higher rates are paid to carers of children with complex, high levels of need.

• Your own social worker to provide support.

• Free access to leisure and swimming facilities for your family and foster child.

• A discount shopping scheme.