06/01/2020 - Permalink

Change a child’s life in 2020: become a foster carer

Related topics: Children's services

Shropshire Fostering, the fostering service of Shropshire Council, are calling on local people to think how they could change a child’s life for the better in 2020 by becoming a foster carer.

Shropshire Fostering are holding a drop-in coffee morning at stop. Coffee, which is inside Shrewsbury Art Gallery & Museum on Friday 17 January 2020 between 11am and 1.30pm.

At any one time there is an estimated 60,000 children being looked after by foster carers nationally. There is a need for around 7,220 new foster carers in England and 550 in Wales this year.  Locally, Shropshire Fostering are looking to find five new foster carers each month to really support children and provide a temporary, stable and loving home at a time when children may not be able to live with their own birth family.

Ed Potter, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for children’s services, said:

“There is no need to register in advance for the event, just drop in for a coffee and a chat anytime between 11am and 1.30pm. The team be there to talk you through the process and answer any questions that you may have about fostering.”

“There are lots of different types of fostering, it’s not all 24/7! We’ll be able to talk you through which style of fostering could fit in with your lifestyle and commitments at the drop-in event.”


Shropshire Fostering will be in stop. Coffee at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, The Square, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 1LH. (17 January 2020 between 11am & 1.30pm).

For more information about fostering in this region see www.shropshirefostering.co.uk or call 0800 783 8798. 

National statistics provided by CoramBAAF.