Become a foster parent

COUNCIL chiefs are urging people to consider being a foster parent.

Durham County Council’s fostering service wants people to think about a rewarding career in childcare.

Florence Coulter, team manager with the fostering service, said: “You need to be patient, tolerant, able to keep going when the going gets tough and have a sense of humour.

“It can be very challenging but there are great rewards in drawing on your abilities to help a young person develop confidence in themselves, sort out their problems and make plans for the future.”

Prospective foster carers should ideally be over 25. They can be single, married or living together.

Foster carers from various backgrounds and with varying life experiences are being sought.

The council says it can offer generous financial support, a fostering social worker to offer advice and support, training, support groups and support for birth children.

For more information on fostering, call (0191) 3706149 or email