Search

Havering Council launches teenagers fostering campaign

15:30 07 March 2014

There are more than 200 children in foster care in Havering.

With only 87 registered foster carers with the council, it is clear more are needed, especially to take in teenagers.

This week Havering Council launched a campaign to encourage people to open up their homes to teenagers.

The 11-15 age category is the most in need group and the council is trying to provide as many stable homes as possible.

One former foster child, 18-year-old Jenny, talked about her experiences of growing up in care in the borough.

She said: “I was in a number of different homes and at times it was a bumpy ride.

“But generally I was accepted by the foster families and I’m in touch with the last one, which I left in October last year. The experiences helped make me the person I am today.”

To foster, all you need is a spare room in your house. Carers receive generous allowances from the council, which takes into consideration holidays, birthdays and ocassions such as Christmas.

Allowances vary but fosterers taking in 16 or 17-year-olds can expect to be paid £278 a week.

Jenny, whose brother also went through the care system, praised the support she has received since leaving care – young people continue to have a personal adviser until they are 21, or 24 if they are in further education.

“The support I’ve received has been amazing,” she said.

“Most people are quite scared when they go into foster care, with the whole idea of leaving your parents.

“I was separated from my brother at times, and that was quite difficult, but it taught me life skills and how to deal with different situations.

“I could have contact with my parents if I wanted to and I might when I’m older. For now I need to concentrate on my studies.”

The age children stay in foster care has changed with youngsters now being able to stay with families until they are 21.

Cllr Paul Rochford, cabinet member for children and learning, said this is the first time for a number of years the council has focused on asking people to foster teenagers.

He added: “We want people to know that the majority of children in care are teens.

“They need support and guidance as much as, if not more, than any child.”

0 comments

Latest Romford News Stories

55 minutes ago
An artist impression of The Retailery, a co-working space which is due to open in November in Market Place, Romford

A co-working space is looking to give small retail businesses a boost by providing them with a space to display their goods.

Police have arrested two teenagers. Picture PA.

Two teenagers have been arrested after a 15-year-old boy was assaulted in a park in July.

Raja Rashid Ali died in Braintree Road on the Heath Park Estate

Four men have been arrested today on suspicion of the murder of a man from Elm Park.

10:54
A child-only hair salon opened in Romford on Saturday.

A hairdressers, claiming to be the first ever children’s–only hair salon in Romford has opened.

10:21
Amanda Armitage, and her children Daniel and Emily at the top of Snowdon in Wales.

A family climbed a peak and raised more than £1,000 for a charity, which promotes cardiac screening for young people.

07:00
Romford MP Andrew Rosindell

Three months on from the UK voting to leave the EU, Romford’s MP Andrew Rosindell has reiterated calls for a swift and clear exit.

Yesterday, 15:55
Chris Cooper believes the fire last Friday has destroyed 90 per cent of grassland. Photo: Chris Cooper.

A park which residents have worked hard to improve has had large swathes of grassland ruined after a blaze ripped through it.

Yesterday, 13:18
Jake Lane, 16, suffered serious facial injuries after a stranger assaulted him and his brother at a bus stop in Heathway, Dagenham, yesterday afternoon.

A teenage boy could require specialist facial treatment after he and his brother were beaten up at a bus stop.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

Kit yourself out and go Apple mad!

If you’re obsessed with Apple or just love a good gadget, this is a prize that will blow you away! An incredible £3,333 to spend on Apple goodies! How would you like to be the proud new owner of the Apple Watch?

VW Golf Estate

As we grow older it becomes more and more important to have means to travel about safely and quickly. Our friendship groups and families grow and the need to have a car that is not only safe but also fast and big enough for all our needs is ever more important. There are many cars on the market for such needs but none deals with them as efficiently or as neatly as a VW Golf Estate. These cars are build strong, long lasting and spacious for a reason. They cater to the needs of many and are some of the most popular cars currently on the market.

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