A new project aiming to find foster families for young refugees will be launched with a premiere event on Facebook on Thursday (1 October).
Place to Call Home is a partnership between councils across the East Midlands, led by Leicestershire County Council, seeking to recruit 40 foster carers and supported lodgings providers across the region.
The digital launch will take place at 10am on Thursday and feature details of the new regional campaign, a chance to hear from foster carer, Pat, and the young Vietnamese girl she’s currently fostering, and an opportunity to take part in a question and answer session.
At the end of March 2019, there were 310 young unaccompanied refugees who were in the care of local authorities in the East Midlands. Foster carers support these young people day-to-day, providing safety, security and a family environment.
Saffron (42) was a foster carer for unaccompanied young refugees for four years and is applying again to foster through the project.
A strong training and support package is in place for foster carers looking after young refugees and includes specific training relating to issues such as language barriers and the asylum process.
The launch event will take place on the project’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/homeeastmidlands and the video will remain available to view.
This project has been funded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government under the Controlling Migration Fund. A fund to help local authorities respond to the impact of recent migration on their communities.
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