From next month, carers fostering for North Somerset Council will receive additional allowances for the birthdays of the children and young people they’re caring for, as well as for holidays and festivals such as Christmas.
North Somerset Council urgently needs more people from local communities to come forward to become foster carers so children and young people who need foster care can be placed within North Somerset.
This latest announcement is another example of the commitment the council has made to support the children and young people in foster care and those who are looking after them, and encourage more people to become foster carers for the council.
Earlier this year, the council announced it had become the first local authority in the south west to adopt The Fostering Network’s Mockingbird Family programme – an innovative method of delivering foster care using the Mockingbird Family Model: an extended family model that provides respite care, peer support, regular joint planning and training, and social activities.
Cllr Catherine Gibbons, North Somerset Council’s Executive Member for children and young people’s services, said: “I’m delighted that from April our foster carers will receive additional allowances for each child and young person they look after.
“The new allowances will be for the child or young person’s birthday, and holidays and festivals. These extra payments will be in addition to the weekly age-related allowances our foster carers will continue to receive.
“We’re ambitious for our children and young people, and our foster carers, and are committed to doing all we can to provide them all with a high standard of support, training and development.
“With that in mind, we’ll also be reviewing our payments for carers during the next financial year to make sure we’re doing everything we can to support our children, young people and foster carers.”
"We're not perfect...we're just ordinary people who have room in our homes and hearts."
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