More foster families are needed
There is a growing need for more foster parents in Nottinghamshire – more than 800 children are in council care.
40% of looked after children in Nottinghamshire are 12 to 16 years old.
Some are new born babies, there are sibling groups and older children who all need a family foster home.
Find out about fostering in Nottinghamshire
For information on
- Who can foster
- Steps to fostering
- Types of fostering
- Support and payments
- True stories
Hear from local foster carers
Helen Gent from Newark
My name is Helen Gent. I am mother to my 9 year old daughter and I have a partner who has 2 daughters, aged 15 and 8. I live with my daughter in Newark, and 5 years ago, after completing a law degree, I decided to fulfil a lifelong dream of becoming a foster carer.
I have cared for about 20 children now, aged from 7 days old to 20 years old - from weekend respite (so that a colleague carer can have a break), to my longest placement being 5 months long.
I am supported by my own social worker and I receive free training as I need to be competent in my work, and I have a fabulous network of local colleagues, who are always there to chat to or help me out with respite support when I need a break.
It is the most rewarding profession I have ever worked in, and I always feel that even on my most challenging day, I would take it hands down over a tough day in the office! I feel lucky to be working with my children and privileged to be entrusted with their care. You experience the full range of emotions in this job, but your agency, social worker and colleagues are all there to support you whenever you need them - they even set you up with a buddy when you start out, so that you're not alone throughout the initial approval process, and you have someone on hand to ask questions to.
If you are a patient and relaxed person, can handle stressful situations with a rational mind-set, love kids, are always open minded to learning something new, have a 'lets-just-do-it' approach to life, and have always wanted to try fostering, then you have just the right character, and I can't recommend it highly enough.
Finally just to say, carers are a really diverse bunch; straight to LGBTQ+, single or in a relationship, home owners to council renters, lorry drivers to police officers. Anyone from any background can do this job, and it doesn't matter what you've done before - kids just need good role models to guide them through their darkest hours in life."
Find out more
Call 0115 8044 440 to speak with a member of the county council’s fostering team.