Appeal to churches for Foster Carers from Senior Social Worker in North Dublin, Louth, Meath, Cavan and Monaghan
After the successful webinar about Fostering last year, hosted by VOX magazine in partnership with Christians from various churches, the senior social worker for North Dublin, Louth, Meath, Cavan and Monaghan has got back in touch with VOX with quite a heartfelt appeal (see below) asking us to reach out to Christian churches in the area asking for support.
If your church or network is open to having an information evening for anyone seriously interested in providing foster care, or for people wanting to provide a support network for foster parents VOX would be happy to provide support to set up an online information evening and involve some existing Christian foster carers to share their experience and answer questions.
If you don’t think you can help but would be open to passing this message to any other churches in your area, please feel free to do so and to put people in contact with Ruth Garvey-Williams (Editor of VOX Magazine) at firstname.lastname@example.org or 087 795 5401.
A Plea from a Senior Social Worker:
We are really struggling with recruitment (we only had 9 enquiries in December and 14 in January for the whole region), meanwhile placement requests are growing constantly. As I said previously, we have a particular difficulty in getting carers for older children 10+.
I am currently working on a plan to develop specific recruitment and support for this older age group and I was wondering if we could reach out again to Christian churches and groups with a view to recruiting carers for this age group.
What I have in mind would be quite modest with perhaps initially just 3-4 carers. It would be great if we could recruit people who could share a support network perhaps through their church or other Christian support group. There would of course be formal training tailored to the care of older children as well as additional supports.
People working with this age group either as volunteers or professionally would be a potential group. But anyone who enjoys working with this age group would be great. They can be fun and provide any carer with the opportunity to set a child on a good path for their future.