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Empty nest? Why not foster?

Chris said: "We still had our daughter at home at that stage but we decided that we really wanted the house full of young people again! It felt very quiet as we have always been used to having lots of youngsters in our home. The time just seemed right to look at fostering. Our daughter has now left to set up her own home near to us and so we have two rooms available to foster children. We also have another room and our son now comes back home most weekends and uses that. He, like the rest of the family, is supportive of the fact we have opened up our home to foster children."

Cllr Paul McLain, Cabinet member for children and young people, said: "Our aim for all children is to give them the best possible life chances, which means offering the opportunity to foster to the widest possible range of people. People who have brought up their own families and retired people have a tremendous amount of experience and time they can offer. Fostering is a challenging role to take on but it can make a real difference to a child’s life. Well done to Chris and Zoe for taking on the challenge!"

Gloucestershire County Council accepts applications from all sectors of the society and people can be married, single, unmarried couples, gay or lesbian, have their own children, retired, a homeowner or unemployed. All children are different, and to meet their needs the county council is looking for a wide variety of people.

Anyone wishing to find out more about becoming a foster carer can contact Gloucestershire County Council’s Fostering Team on 01242 532654.

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