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VIDEO: Foster families back call for 100 more foster carers in Surrey

Foster families are backing a push to recruit 100 more foster carers to help transform children’s lives in Surrey.

Alison, of Walton-on-Thames, has fostered more than 50 children over the past 12 years.

She said: “Get in touch and find out if fostering is for you. Seeing the difference you can make to young people even in a very short time is something you hold with you every day.”

Jenny, of Dorking, who has been fostering with her husband Brian for 24 years, said: “It’s not Home and Away, it’s not cheesy and it can be hard sometimes but fostering is really rewarding.”

There are 900 children in care in Surrey with most in foster care. Amid continuing high demand, the county council is seeking to recruit at least 100 more foster carers over the next three years.

With Foster Care Fortnight in full swing, the council appealed for people to come forward to give a child in need a loving and stable home.

Surrey County Council leader David Hodge, who was brought up in an orphanage and a boys’ home, said: “Our foster carers provide stability, security and loving homes to hundreds of vulnerable Surrey children but we need more of them and we need people from all backgrounds to come forward to help give these children the best possible start in life.

“Foster carers are paid for the care they provide and we give excellent training and support but more than that we offer the chance to transform the lives of children in real need of a supportive home.”

To find out more about fostering, visit the county council’s website, call 0800 0969 626 or email fostering.recruitment@surreycc.gov.uk

 

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