Anyone who has thought about becoming a foster carer is invited to find out more at an open evening being held at Liverpool Town Hall on Thursday, 21 March.
Current foster carers will be there to chat and tell about their experiences to help potential carers find out more about the role.
The ‘Big Heart Big City’ open evening will run from 4pm until 8pm on Thursday, March 21 at Liverpool Town Hall in High Street.
It will be the second open day run by Liverpool City Council this year, and members of the Children In Care Council – who represent the views of looked after young people, and the authority’s fostering service will also be there for informal chats and to offer advice and information.
It is the latest step in a five-year campaign launched by the city council in September to recruit more foster carers.
About 800 babies, children and teenagers in Liverpool cannot live at the moment with their birth families, for many reasons.
The authority is seeking foster carers from all backgrounds and ethnic communities. Carers can be single, partnered, married, gay or lesbian, and with or without children of their own.
There is a particular need for foster carers with more than one spare room who can help keep brothers and sisters together.
Councillor Jane Corbett, cabinet member for children’s social care, said: “Every child has a right to a loving, happy and safe family environment, and that’s why providing a home for a young person who cannot live with their own parents is one of the best things you can do.
“You’ll find it won’t just be their life you change for the better, but your own as well. We need to find happy homes for children of all ages. And we’re looking for foster carers of all backgrounds, whether you’re single, married, or living with a partner.”
Liverpool City Council runs a professional service offering a renowned level of support and training for its foster carers. A structured programme of training courses helps them develop skills and gain recognised qualifications which can lead to new careers in related childcare work.
The authority also pays generous allowances to cover the costs of looking after the child, plus payment of professional fees based on the level
of training completed.