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More children fostered in Bucks, but more carers needed

Children / fostering / family

Published by Dan Gooding at 1:47pm 13th February 2019.

There's been a 25% rise in children being fostered in Buckinghamshire, but more foster carers are still needed.

Improvements have just come in for those parents, including a better allowance and mental health support.

By the end of March 2018, 125 of our looked after children were placed within internal foster care placements.

Since then, as of 4 February 2019, 156 children were placed in Buckinghamshire County Council foster placements - an increase of around 24% on the previous year.

Juliet Cleverdon has been fostering for 35 years - she says it's hugely rewarding:

"You will have challenges and you will have days when the joys are there.

"You will see such a difference in the young person and you feel so high.

"I have children coming back to me after 30 odd years and they remember what we have done. There is your reward!"

Bucks County Council - County Hall
BCC continue to look for more foster parents

Warren Whyte, Cabinet Member for Children's Services, said:

"Buckinghamshire's fostering team works extremely hard all year round to find safe and loving homes for children in need, and this is an absolute priority for us. We are very pleased with the increase in our foster care placements since last year, but we are always working to improve this.

"We have an amazing group of people who help us look after these children, but we still need more like them to come forward and become foster carers.

"To encourage people to foster for Bucks, we have improved allowances and support over recent months. We also have a number of recruitment and information events coming up over 2019. So, if you are interested in becoming a foster carer, please contact us to find out more."

  • The council has recently introduced new and improved weekly allowances, which means the terms offered by BCC is now more closely aligned with those of independent fostering agencies.
  • A Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) clinical psychologist is also available to foster carers every week. They can offer support relating to the child being cared for, or help with any of the carer's other concerns.
  • A series of fostering events will outline information about the fostering assessment process and training available, and answer any other questions people may have.

The next will be held at New County Offices in Walton Street, Aylesbury, on Wednesday, 20 February (7-8.30pm), then High Wycombe on 13 March and Buckingham on 29 May, with more throughout 2019.

A full list of events can be found here.

If you would like more information about fostering, call 0800 160 1900 or email fosterwithbucks@buckscc.gov.uk

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