More foster homes needed for children in care in Barking and Dagenham

PUBLISHED: 15:00 09 May 2019 | UPDATED: 15:38 09 May 2019

Maureen Worby. Picture: LBBD

Maureen Worby. Picture: LBBD

Andreas Grieger PHOTOGRAPHER

Barking and Dagenham residents are urged to consider fostering and help to give a child in care a safe and loving home.

Ahead of the annual Foster Care Fortnight, which begins on Monday, the council is looking for more carers to make a difference to the lives of children in the borough.

Residents only need to be older than 25 with a spare bedroom to apply - relationship status, religion and sexual orientation are irrelevant.

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Approved foster carers receive excellent training, comprehensive support and a renumeration when looking after a child.

Councillor Maureen Worby, cabinet member for social care and health integration, said: "Every child deserves to come home from school to a loving family, so we need you to stop worrying about the ifs and buts and make that initial enquiry".

Experienced carer Mary said: "I waited for years and I wish I'd applied sooner. It changes you, your friends and your family, but in a good way.

"I love being a foster mum, it makes me feel like I'm doing something worthwhile, helping children improve their lives."

For more information about fostering in Barking and Dagenham, visit or call 020 8227 5988.

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