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Change a life and start your fostering story… Enfield Council is always looking for foster carers who can look after children for short and longer periods; a few days, weeks, months and for some children, several years. Foster carers are part of a team and work alongside social workers, children’s parents, teachers, health and other professional’s to look after children and think about the plans for their future. All sections of the community are welcome to find out more. People are not expected to have any particular qualifications or to be from a certain background. What is expected is a real interest in caring for children and young people and the space in your home plus time in your life to foster a child. To become a foster carer you are taken through several stages of preparation. Enfield Council’s Fostering Manager, Ian Langley, says, “We do this because the children who need fostering have had difficult experiences and need understanding and knowledgeable adults who are able to care for and support them. Children or young people aged 0-18 year’s old living in

Enfield who experience a serious family breakdown to the point where their own family cannot care for them may need fostering. “Single children, children with disabilities, brothers and sisters, younger and older children may need fostering at any time so we want to have good foster families available who can step in and care for these children when they need it most.” Fostering is well respected and supported in Enfield. Carers are trained, invited to meetings and received payment and allowances for the young people in their care. Fostering has its rewards After refusing to foster for many years, one carer eventually agreed to look into it. “When one of my children moved away from home I had a spare room

in my house. My friend asked me again if I would consider becoming a foster carer. I agreed to find out more. I never knew that so many young people go through so many difficulties. I wanted to help and 21 years later I am still fostering! “I foster teenagers. They often remind me of my own experiences as a teenager. It can be very challenging, you give them alternative ways to deal with things and it’s as if they don’t want to know. “But when they have left and return to visit me with flowers they often quote me and I am always amazed that they had in fact been listening. It feels good being able to give them a positive experience of parenting. “Even now when I doubt myself and when the work is hard, I am reminded of how much they need me. Like me, you may never feel really sure if fostering is for you but until you go to

an information session or make the call you will never know.” Foster carers help children to feel safe, be healthy and enjoy themselves. To find out more or come along to one of our events listed below or simply get in touch.

Upcoming events Sunday 6th July, 12:00-5:00pm East Barnet Festival Oak Hill Park, EN4 8JS ••• Tuesday 15th July, 12:00-2:00pm Green Towers Community Centre 7 Plevna Road Edmonton, N9 0BU ••• For more information or to book your place please contact us Free Phone: 0800 038 1313 Duty Desk: 020 8379 2831 Or email fostering@enfield.gov.uk

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