Search

Diversity the key as Havering seeks more foster carers

PUBLISHED: 14:30 19 March 2014

Joy Hollister

Joy Hollister

Archant

Havering children in care need fosterers from a vast number of different backgrounds.

That’s the view of Joy Hollister, Havering’s group director for children, adults and housing.

In the latest article backing the council’s push to sign up more fosterers - especially for teenagers - Miss Hollister says there is no right or wrong person who can foster a child because of the variety of backgrounds their children come from.

“Children taken into care need to be protected for a number of different reasons,” she explained.

“They can be massively diverse and we have children from massively different backgrounds.

“It’s crucial that we match the right foster carer with the right child. It helps both sides if we understand what we’re facing.”

Miss Hollister added that the council are not just interested in the “classic cultural match.”

They consider other factors such as the experience of the foster carer, the experiences the child has gone through and location.

And signing up to the fostering register can also help put some useful money in your pocket.

For each child up to four years old, you get £161 a week which increases as they get older. For 11 to 15 year olds the sum is £226 a week, rising to £278 for 16 and 17 year olds.

Miss Hollister said: “There are financial rewards as well as emotional.

“This might have been something that you’d never thought of doing but have more times on your hands if you’ve been made redundant or unemployed.

“We also help out with birthday presents and things like holidays. You won’t be left out of pocket.”

Miss Hollister also backed legislation due to be passed which will see the age young people are fostered until rise to 21.

She said “Some aren’t ready to go out on their own at 18. You wouldn’t throw your own child out at that age, so why should foster children be any different especially with what some of them have been through?

“They could be going to university or going through apprenticeships and still need support.”

Havering Council is putting on a second presentation on the subject on Thursday (March 27).

Members of the public can meet the team at Romford Town Hall in Main Road tonight and Thursday, March 27, from 6.30pm to 8pm, to ask any questions about fostering they might have.

Visit www.havering.gov.uk for more details.

0 comments

Latest Romford News Stories

Yesterday, 14:06

Flags were flown at half mast over Havering Town Hall today to pay respect to those killed and injured in the Westminster attack.

Yesterday, 11:45

Proposals for a solar park on a nature reserve have been discontinued, it was announced last night.

Yesterday, 07:50

There are severe delays on the TFL Rail line and the London Overground due to power supply problems in the Romford area.

Yesterday, 07:00

Residents were out in force on Tuesday to campaign against plans for a gravel extraction plant near their homes.

Wed, 16:37

A policeman and two members of the public are among four people killed in a major terrorist incident at the Houses of Parliament.

Wed, 15:32

Two people are believed to have died and a dozen injured in a suspected terror attack outside Parliament this afternoon.

Wed, 14:49

Overjoyed at reaching her goal of being a size 12, the future looked bright for Helen Heagren.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

News from your area

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now