Information event at Antrim’s Holiday Inn

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The Northern Health and Social Care Trust are urgently seeking to recruit foster carers for young people aged 13-18 in the Antrim and Ballymena areas.

This may be on a short term, long term or emergency basis. 24-hour social work support, training opportunities and financial allowances are provided.

If you feel you could make a difference to the life of a young person, attend the free information event on Tuesday, May 19 2015 in The Holiday Inn, Antrim. There will be a morning session from 10.30am – 12.00pm and an evening session from 6.30pm – 8.00pm. Come along to the session that suits you best for an opportunity to chat with current foster carers and staff.

More foster families are urgently required to provide safe, stable and nurturing homes for vulnerable young people. Enquiries about fostering are welcome regardless of race, religion, language, culture, gender, disability, age and sexual orientation. Foster carers may be married, single or have a partner, own or rent their home, work or claim benefits, and may or may not have children of their own.

The teenage years are traditionally difficult. Many young people find the transition from childhood to adulthood challenging.

Most people would recall their own teenage years involving disagreements with their parents and siblings. Family life and managing relationships with peers within the school environment can become difficult for some young people.

Sometimes young people and their parents need a break from each other to clear their heads and mend fractured relationships. In some cases, this break may extend to needing support from social services. A family may struggle on in the hope things will get better and by the time they seek support, the young person needs a complete break. That is when foster care is required.

If you would like some further information, contact the Northern Trust Specialist Fostering Team on 0300 123 11 55 or email foster4.nt@northerntrust.hscni.net. Enquire online at www.adoptionandfostering.hscni.net