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22/6/2012 - Drive to find new foster carers in Allerdale

New foster carers are needed in Allerdale to help transform the lives of vulnerable children.

While foster carers are required throughout the whole of Cumbria, Allerdale has been identified as an area where there is a particular need.

So to help try and recruit new carers, Cumbria County Council has organised two events and a publicity campaign that will highlight the importance of fostering and what becoming a foster carer entails.

With there being no such thing as a typical foster carer, the campaign will encourage people from a variety of backgrounds to get involved.

Leaflets were being delivered to all homes in Workington, Maryport and Cockermouth this week with shops, doctors and dentists in the towns are also being asked to display posters to support the campaign.

People interested in finding out more about fostering are invited to an information session at the Conference Room at New Oxford Street in Workington on 3 July at 6pm. The session will provide an opportunity to discuss fostering issues, ask questions and talk to a current foster carer.

Cumbria County Council's fostering team will also be at Workington's Dunmail Park with a stand on 30 June to chat to shoppers informally about fostering and how it can transform lives and shape children's futures for the better.

Councillor Anne Burns, Cumbria County Council's Cabinet member for children's social care, said: "Giving children a safe and loving environment where they can develop and thrive is just about the most important and worthwhile thing anybody could do and I'd call on people thinking about fostering in the Allerdale area to come along to the information sessions to find out what it involves.

"It will be a good chance for them to meet members of our fostering team and learn about how they can transform the lives of vulnerable children by becoming foster carers."

For more details contact Cumbria County Council's fostering team on 0303 333 1216 or visit the fostering section of the county council website at

Media enquiries to communications adviser John Ballard on 01228 221752