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Meet the families helping young people in care live independently

People interested in helping young people in care move into independent living are invited to a special information evening. The event, on Thursday 20th July, from 6pm to 8pm at Staffordshire Place 1 in Stafford, will give people the chance to find out more about becoming a supported lodgings host. Supported Lodgings is an alternative to foster care and offers ...

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Intensive programme helps keep babies out of care

A pioneering programme that gives intensive support to parents who have had children taken into care is helping keep families together. Staffordshire County Council’s Breathing Space programme works with women who are pregnant again by giving them and their partners practical and emotional support to enable babies to stay safely in their parents care. After going live in January 2016, ...

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Private Foster Carers urged to find out about the support available

Early years

Carers from across Staffordshire who privately foster children are being reminded that help is at hand as part of a national campaign. Private Fostering Week runs from 3rd to 10th July 2017 and will highlight the importance of notifying the council about private fostering arrangements. Private fostering describes an arrangement when someone, who is not a close relative, cares for ...

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Plan to reduce care numbers by giving families more support

Early years

A plan to reduce the numbers of Staffordshire children in care by giving families more of the support they need has been unveiled by Staffordshire County Council. Services for children and families in the county will be transformed to ensure more families get the help they need sooner, preventing them from reaching crisis point, and reducing the need for high-cost, ...

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Opportunities to volunteer in Staffordshire’s Children’s Centres

Mark Sutton

People are being given the opportunity to try volunteering in their local Children’s Centre as part of Volunteers’ Week. Volunteers’ Week, 1 to 7 June, is the annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK each year. Now, Staffordshire County Council are offering a range of volunteering roles in their Children’s Centres designed to help ...

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Find out more about fostering at information evening

People from Cannock interested in becoming a foster carer are being invited to an information evening where they can find out more.  Video: Your first step to becoming a foster carer       The information session will be held at the Roman Way Hotel in Cannock on Wednesday 7 June, starting at 7pm. The evenings are informal and open to anyone and ...

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New cabinet for Staffordshire County Council unveiled

Staffordshire Place

The Leader and Cabinet for Staffordshire County Council have been announced at meeting of the Full Council. Philip Atkins takes up his third term as Leader of the county council following the local elections on May 4 – which saw the Conservatives retain control by securing an increased 51 seats, Labour 10 and one seat gained by an independent candidate. Ian Parry remains ...

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Foster carers gather for premier of new fostering film

Foster carers from across Staffordshire gathered for the screening of a new short film highlighting the urgent need for more foster families. VIDEO of the film ‘Giants’ ‘Giants’ is a three-minute film telling the story of Jack and Ellie, a brother and sister who want to stay together when they find themselves in foster care. Staffordshire’s foster carers along with ...

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Special Mother’s Day for Staffordshire mum who fostered over 100 children

Foster Carer Jean Foster

On Sunday, mums from across the country will be opening Mother’s Day cards from their children, if they haven’t forgotten.  But for one Staffordshire mum it means even more. Foster carer, Jean Foster from Burton-upon-Trent in Staffordshire has been fostering for over 32 years and has fostered over 100 children.  Having adopted two of the children, she has helped turn ...

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