DERBYSHIRE: Get online to make first steps to fostering and adoption

People are being urged to get online and find out more about becoming a foster carer or an adoptive parent.

Derbyshire County Council has launched a revamped and refreshed fostering and adoption microsite offering up to date information, help and advice for potential foster carers and adoptive parents.

There’s information on the assessment process, what to expect and how to find out more. You can also fill in a foster carer application online to get the ball rolling.

Councillor Kevin Gillott, Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet member for Children and Young People, said: “If you are thinking about becoming a carer for the county council then all the information you need to get you started can be found on the new webpages.

“There’s a frequently asked questions section, interviews from real foster carers explaining exactly how fostering has changed their lives as well as lots of advice on what to expect if you chose to become a carer.”

There are just under 700 children in care in Derbyshire and they all need a place to call home. That’s where foster carers step in to play a vital role in a child’s life.

Derbyshire County Council offers its foster carers lots of benefits, support and training as well as competitive financial allowances.

Cares receive maximum annual fees, allowances and bonuses ranging from £8,400* to over £36,000* depending on the age and complexity of needs of the child and the kind of care you’re approved to offer.

Visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/adoptionandfostering to find out more. You can also call 0800 083 7744.