PEOPLE keen to find out more about fostering are invited to attend a special event in Mansfield.
Team Fostering, which has branches in Nottinghamshire, the North East and Yorkshire, is holding a free open event at its offices at Mansfield i-centre, Oakham Business Park, Hamilton Way, Mansfield, on Tuesday 18th September.
Organisers hope anyone who has considered fostering but is not sure what it entails will come along to the event, where they will be able to meet members of Team Fostering and enjoy a brief presentation about the support and training provided by the agency.
Existing foster carers and social workers will also be on hand to offer first hand advice and information about fostering to those who attend.
Team Fostering is looking for people, single or married, who have a spare bedroom and could offer a child understanding, guidance and support. In the case of couples, only one person needs to be available on a full time basis.
Foster carers must enjoy looking after children and young people and be able to provide them with a nurturing positive family environment where they will be valued and encouraged to achieve their full potential.
Team Fostering Assistant Director Paul Dempsey said: “Often, people who would be brilliant carers don’t come forward because they think they may not be what we are looking for.
“However, there are as many types of carer as there are types of child – so we would urge anyone who is curious to come along and find out more.”
The organisation, which has provided foster care placements for young people in local authority care throughout the North East and Yorkshire for the last 11 years, has no shareholders and no profits are distributed.
Instead, any surplus is re-invested back into the business to provide extra support for children and young people, equip foster carers with extra services and competitive rates of pay and ensure local authorities receive value for money services.
The open evening is one of a series of events being organised by Team Fostering in Mansfield and will take place between 6pm and 8pm with the presentation starting at 6.30pm promptly.
For more information about the event, or the services offered by Team Fostering, call 01623 600842 or visit www.teamfostering.co.uk.