A pop-up style fostering shop is coming to Kettering town centre next month to give potential foster parents more information about what it involves.
It will be located in the vacant shop in Gold Street on Saturday, August 24 between 10am and 4pm.
The shop has been touring the county, allowing members of the public to find out more about fostering in a casual environment, with a chat and a cup of coffee. The scheme is in aid of keeping local foster children in the area, avoiding having them sent away from their local community. There are currently 760 children in care but only 215 foster families, and the council wants to recruit new foster carers across Northamptonshire.
Cllr Catherine Boardman, cabinet member for children and education, said: “The fostering shop is a great chance for anyone who is interested in finding out more to drop in and talk to the team over a hot drink and a biscuit.
“We’re delighted to have the support of our local town centre business leaders who are backing our call for more foster carers by donating shop space for the day.
“By having a local presence, we’re hoping that the message is loud and clear: we need families who do normal everyday things like shopping, meeting up with friends or grabbing a bite to eat. Our children in care may have been through extraordinary circumstances but what they need is the chance to live an ordinary life and have the same childhood experiences as their peers.”
Foster carers are paid a weekly allowance and receive a full training package. For more information on fostering visit www.fosterme.co.uk.