Fostering event as part of new Trust drive

Pictured launching the new information leaflet for the Western Trust's Specialist Foster Care Service are from left to right: Jason Singh, Sessional Worker, Extern; Clare McCallion, Western Trust Fostering Services Manager. Front row from left to right: Janet O'Kane, Western Trust Fostering Social Worker; Charlene O'Connor, Western Trust Social Work Manager for Specialist Foster Care Service and John Beckett, Extern Worker for Specialist Foster Care Team.
Pictured launching the new information leaflet for the Western Trust's Specialist Foster Care Service are from left to right: Jason Singh, Sessional Worker, Extern; Clare McCallion, Western Trust Fostering Services Manager. Front row from left to right: Janet O'Kane, Western Trust Fostering Social Worker; Charlene O'Connor, Western Trust Social Work Manager for Specialist Foster Care Service and John Beckett, Extern Worker for Specialist Foster Care Team.

The Western Health Trust is to host a public information session for potential foster families in Derry next week to help address a spike in the number of children coming into care.

The information session has been confirmed for Tuesday, 24 February from 7pm to 9pm in Lecture Theatre 1 at the Trust Headquarters at Altnagelvin Hospital.

The event is part of a new drive to help deal with a “siginificant increase” in the number of children and young people coming into care in the North.

As part of this, the Western Trust Specialist Foster Care Service has launched a new information booklet in partnership with Extern which provides advice and support for families who wish to foster a young person.

Charlene O’Connor, Western Trust Social Work Manager for Specialist Foster Care Service, said: “The Trust needs to recruit and maintain a wide pool of foster carers to keep up with the rising demand.

“We have young people across the Western Trust area aged from eight to 18 years who urgently need foster homes and we are asking you, do you have the time, energy, patience and dedication to foster a young person? The Trust is offering a financial package as well as intensive support to enable one carer to remain at home.”

Anyone thinking about fostering or who has ever had questions about fostering and have not known where to get more information is urged to attend the information evening in Derry or contact the Trust’s Specialist Foster Care Service on telephone: (028) 7127 2102 or email: Charlene.oconnor@westerntrust.hscni.net.