Sandwell Fostering is hosting a Become a Foster Carer information event at Great Bridge Library on Monday 21 November at 6.30pm. Councillor Simon Hackett, the council’s cabinet member for children services, said: “I encourage anyone thinking about fostering to attend this event. “It’s a great opportunity to have an initial chat and find out more before deciding whether fostering might be for you."

“As a foster carer, you can help make a really positive difference to a child’s life, giving them the extra support they need. “Children in Sandwell need stable and safe homes and it’s very important to have the right foster carers in place.”

There are no restrictions based on relationship status or housing status. You can be married, single, living together or part of a same sex couple. You can live in your own home or a rented property. Councillor Hackett added: “The main thing is having time in your life and love in your heart to care for a child, that’s what matters.” Last month, the Department for Education announced there are now more than 70,000 children are in care in England.  This is believed to be a new national high, showing that the need for people to come forward and foster is a nationwide issue. Sandwell Fostering is holding regular events across the borough’s six towns.

Great Bridge Library is in Sheepwash Lane, Great Bridge, Tipton, DY4 7JF.