Havering Council is kicking off the new term by re-starting its regular fostering open events following a summer break.

The first event will take place on Tuesday 2 September from 6.30 to 8pm at Havering Town Hall, Main Road, Romford.

The open events are a chance for people who are considering becoming a foster carer, or even people who are curious and would like to find out more, to talk to members of the fostering team, as well as current foster carers to get all the information they need.

Foster carers are a real backbone in the borough – providing loving homes to children who are unable to live with their own families for various reasons.

At any one time, Havering Council has around 200 children in its care, so it’s vital to have as many foster carers, from as many different backgrounds as possible in the borough.

Anyone can apply to become a foster carer,  provided they are over 21, with a spare room and have the time in their life for a child.

All foster carers receive full training and on-going support, as well as their own social worker for as long as they are a carer.

They also receive generous financial allowances to cover all aspects of caring for a child, as well as some money for themselves to recognise the important job they do.

Councillor Meg Davis, Cabinet Member for Children and Learning, said:

“Foster carers provide a vital role in our community by giving a child in care a stable, loving family home.

“They have already made a huge difference in so many children’s lives and I hope many more will come forward to continue supporting our children so well.”

You can find out more about fostering in Havering, and other upcoming open events, by visiting www.havering.gov.uk/fostering