Could you offer a loving home to a child?12:03, 13 Mar 2012
As the number of children in care across Nottinghamshire reaches an all-time high, the County Council have launched a campaign to recruit more foster carers and more adoptive parents.
We need 50 more foster carers, with 25 of these for children over 10 who are often harder to place and we need adoptive families for 51 children who are currently being looked after by foster carers.
There are many different kinds of children with a wide range of needs waiting to be adopted or fostered in Nottinghamshire and we are always looking for people who reflect this diversity.
Help and support
Gina and Alistair Morton from Hucknall began fostering in 1995 and have cared for over 15 children during that time. They are approved to look after children of five years and older either on a long-term basis or to provide regular short breaks for other carers.
Gina said: "I’d been thinking about fostering for some time and knew a friend who was a foster carer. Alistair and I both have children from previous relationships and we decided to pursue fostering and help young people who couldn’t live with their own families.
"We would recommend anyone who thinks they could be a foster carer to give it a go. There’s a lot of help and support available from the County Council and many, many young people out there who need help and guidance and need to feel loved and wanted."
Katrina and Richard Kelly from Newark adopted brother and sister Katie (2) and Anthony (1) through the County Council last year. The couple were approved a year ago. Mother’s Day this year will see the family celebrate both the children’s christenings and the one-year adoption anniversary.
Katrina said: "The whole process fulfilled all our expectations and we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the adoption route to anyone who desperately wants children."
We offer foster carers and adoptive families a range of support, allowances and training.
Find out more
- If you think you may be interested in fostering tel: 0845 301 8899 or in adoption tel: 0845 301 2288
- Read more information online about fostering and adoption