Find out more about fostering a child

There is a growing need for more foster parents in Nottingham – more than 600 children are in council care – so the Diocese has teamed up with Nottingham City Council to encourage more Christians to become foster carers.

As part of this, an information evening is being held at St Paul’s Church, Boundary Road, West Bridgford, on Monday 2nd October (7.45pm) for anyone thinking about fostering. It will be an opportunity to explore what it really means to foster and how fostering can be part of Christian service.

Bishop Paul Williams will be there, along with city council officers and foster carers who will share their real-life experiences of fostering.

Bishop Paul, who with his wife Sarah has been a foster carer, is supporting the campaign and encouraging people to consider engaging in supporting the care of ‘looked after children’ as part of their Christian service.

“We are very pleased to be working in close partnership with the City Council, as well as the County, in raising the value and significance of fostering,” said Bishop Paul. “It is an essential expression of our Christian faith that we should demonstrate our concern for the well-being of vulnerable children and families in our society and neighbourhood.

“Everyone can play a part, whether that means supporting someone who is fostering or by becoming a foster carer themselves. We first felt called to this special work while we were living in London. Through the privilege of fostering we found it enriched our family and faith in ways we could not have expected.”

It is the second event jointly organised by the diocese and City Council. The first one, at St Nic’s, Nottingham, was a very positive evening and led to several enquiries from people considering fostering.

If you are thinking of attending please register your interest with Catriona Gundlach: catriona@southwell.anglican.org or 01636 817232.