Could you be a foster carer?
Could you be a foster carer?

Some of the Lambeth’s most vulnerable children are in foster care for a variety of reasons. Lambeth has 374 looked after children and 75% of them are with foster carers (5% are in residential children homes and 35 care leavers are at university). Those who chose to foster give these children hope for better life – something Ben knows about as his family fostered for more than forty years (including children and young people from Lambeth, Wandsworth and Southwark). Lambeth Council’s new Fostering Strategy looks to improve the support to foster carers, exploring new ways to reward them by:

  • Increasing the number of in-house foster carers in Lambeth
  • Developing a wraparound support model for Foster Carers
  • Creating a specialist foster care placements to support children and reduce changes in care for young people
As your three Ward councillors, we successfully joined Labour Party councillors and others in calling for Lambeth Council to make Lambeth foster carers exempt from paying Council Tax. Anyone can apply to be a foster carer – all you need is a room in your home and time in your life to provide a child with some stability and care for however long they need it.

Marcia is also Lambeth’s Foster Care Champion and she will be promoting foster care across the Borough with the hope that more people will be encouraged by this to come forward to look after children in need of a secure home. If you want to talk about fostering or have any ideas in regards to encouraging people to foster please let Marcia know by clicking here.

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