SEP 00] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
Plea For More Foster Families To Sign Up
Blue Sam is taking to the streets of Coventry tomorrow to try and
encourage more people to become foster carers for children with
joint scheme is being launched between Coventry City Council and
children’s charity Barnardo’s to try and end the misery for
children forced out of the city because there is no one to look
to ten youngsters needing specialist care have to go into foster
homes as far away as Birmingham because there are no places for
them in Coventry.
means they have to live further away from their family, friends
and have to ace the inconvenience of a lengthy journey to school
council decided to get involved with the Barnardo’s Breakaway
project after a successful pilot scheme in Kidderminster.
well as making the lives of the disabled children better, it is
hoped that finding placements within Coventry will save the
cash-strapped social services department thousands of pounds.
currently costs £17,000 a year to transport the children to
Coventry every day, and the fees paid to external foster carers
cost £615,000 a year.
the scheme in Coventry it is estimated that it will cost £30,000
a year to place each foster child.
stall will be set up in Broadgate to give people information about
the scheme, with Coventry City mascot Sky Blue Sam coming along to
lend his support from 1pm to 2pm.
who are interested in getting involved will be subject to the
usual training and screening for foster carers. Those who want to
know more but cannot get to the stall should ring the Breakaway
project on 0800 073 8866.