Have your children flown the nest?

19 September 2016

In Brent we are always looking for foster carers to provide much needed care and support to our vulnerable children and young people in care. This year, we are asking parents whose children have left home for university or job opportunities to consider fostering to fill their 'empty nests'.



If you have a spare bedroom, a commitment and desire to care for children and young people who need a loving and stable home, we would love to speak to you about fostering. In return, we offer a fantastic learning, development and training package to enhance your skills as an individual and as a carer.



Councillor Wilhelmina Mitchell Murray, Lead Member for Children and Young People, said:



"We believe parents who have grown up children of their own make excellent foster carers. They have the knowledge, skills and experience of what's required to support and nurture a child in all aspects of their lives.



"In Brent, we have over 300 children in care but not enough foster carers who live locally to provide them with a home. The shortage of Brent foster carers reduces the choices available for children and young people in care and reminds us that we urgently need to recruit more foster carers, especially for older children and sibling groups.



"I encourage any parents who have the time, space, energy and love, to take that first step and find out how fostering changes lives."



For information about fostering in Brent, visit our webpages at www.brent.gov.uk/fostering.