An information evening about fostering will be staged in Derry next week to address the “urgent need” for families locally.
The Foster Care Associates Northern Ireland are hosting the event on Thursday 12th February, from 7pm to 8.30pm
People interested in becoming foster carers are being invited to attend athe event at the City Hotel.
Potential foster carers can find out first-hand from FCA Northern Ireland carers and social workers how to get involved and help dozens of children and young people in Derry who are in need of a foster family.
Feargal O’Keefe, regional manager for FCA Northern Ireland, said: “There is an urgent need for more foster carers in Derry.
“We are actively looking for responsible, nurturing adults who have a spare room and can give children and young people in need of a foster home the support they need to thrive and grow.
“There are many factors that make up an ideal candidate – everything from being adaptable, resilient and nurturing to being a good listener and flexible in response to a young person’s needs.
“We often find that parents whose own children have flown the nest are able to provide the support and environment needed to make a real difference to someone’s life.”
In addition to finding out about the extensive support the organisation provide to their foster carers, visitors will be able to chat to some of their carers and FCA support team, who will be able to answer any questions.
Feargal said: “Fostering is an incredibly rewarding experience. We have some amazing people caring for children and young people in Northern Ireland and our regional office ensures that those local to the area benefit from the support we have to offer whenever they need it.”
For more information on becoming a foster carer with the FCA Northern Ireland, call 0800 023 4561 or visit www.thefca.co.uk