A fantastic new resource for people interested in fostering or adoption in Somerset has received thousands of views since its launch.
There have been over 30,000 page views of Somerset County Council’s new-look website, www.fosteradoptsomerset.org.uk, for prospective foster carers and adopters, since it went live on Tuesday 20 January.
During National Foster Care Fortnight 2015 (1-14 June), almost 70% of over 3,000 page views were made by people coming to the site for the first time.
The website features a series of films of foster carers and adopters, which show them talking about their experiences and giving an insight into their worlds.
www.fosteradoptsomerset.org.uk also offers:
• An easy-to-follow online quiz, offering initial guidance as to whether you are in a position to foster or adopt with Somerset County Council
• A free information booklet, which you can either download from the website, or request that it is sent to you in the post
• Lots of comprehensive information about fostering and adoption, and the different kinds of foster care and adoption schemes
• A rundown of the process of applying to become a foster carer or adopter, and the training and support on offer from the Fostering and Adoption Team
• An online form, so you can enquire about fostering or adoption, and be contacted by a member of the team
• Details of forthcoming public information events for people interested in fostering or adoption.
Cllr Frances Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Children and Families at Somerset County Council, said: “Our website really is a wonderful resource for anyone considering making that rewarding leap of fostering or adopting a child or young person in the county.
“I can highly recommend to anyone thinking about either path, that they should spend some time looking at our website. It’s very easy to navigate, holds a wealth of information, and if there is anything else you need, you can simply phone a member of the team, who will be able to answer any other questions you might have.”
Somerset County Council is looking for people with space in their lives to foster an older child or teenager. There is also a need for foster carers who can look after siblings, offer long-term permanent placements, short breaks for children with disabilities, and parent-and-child foster placements.
To find out more, visit www.fosteradoptsomerset.org.uk or phone 0800 5879900.
You can also come to our next fostering and adoption information event, to speak to our friendly team and have your questions answered, on Wednesday 15 July, 7pm-9pm, at the Holiday Inn Express in Taunton, TA1 2PX.
Notes to editors
To become a foster carer people need to have a spare room in their home, a commitment to help a child, patience and a willingness to learn. People from all walks of life can apply to foster. It doesn’t matter if they are single, married or in a same sex relationship, own or rent their home, have children of their own or not. And there are lots of different types of fostering, which means people can choose how much time and energy they can offer a child and what suits their circumstances best.