On Thursday 8th November Monmouthshire County Council Foster Care team will be at St Pierre Country Club and Hotel, Chepstow from 10.00am – 12.00pm and 6.00pm – 8.00pm to meet and greet residents of Monmouthshire who are interested in becoming Foster Carers.

Monmouthshire children urgently need Monmouthshire families. Foster carers are desperately needed to care for babies, older children and teenagers on a short or long term basis. Carers are needed to provide short breaks for children with disabilities, similarly carers are needed to care for teenagers moving into independence on a supportive lodging basis.

There is a huge need for more foster carers and the team hope that the meet and greet sessions will encourage more and more people to consider making such an important decision for children and young people in Monmouthshire.

Individuals not able to attend the meet and greet session are able to gain information and guidance about the steps to they need to take to make a difference to a child in Monmouthshire via the website: www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/fostering

A new text service has been established to make the getting in touch with the team quick and easy. Residents are encouraged to text FOSTER and a name to

83 222. A member of the team will then call to help start the fostering journey for people in Monmouthshire.

Penny Jones Cabinet Member for Social Care, Safeguarding and Health said:

‘I strongly believe that our babies, children and young people in Monmouthshire have every right to have the best possible start in life. Monmouthshire families can help make this difference to our children.

The foster care team are doing a fantastic job engaging with communities to support our children. I encourage those who are thinking about becoming a Foster Carer to come along, visit the website, give the team a call or text.’

To make a difference visit:  www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/fostering or call 01873 735950