Somerset to Keep more Families Together
|Published: 23rd February 2010 08:25|
Parents experiencing difficulties looking after their children will receive more help to keep their family united, thanks to a new Somerset County Council scheme.
The initiative aims to provide support for the whole family while living in a foster home, where parents can remain with their children while they develop their parenting skills.
Councillor John Osman
While on the scheme, parents are given guidance and support from social workers and foster carers to gain the confidence needed to care for their children and return home together.
Under the scheme, foster carers are paid a weekly fee and allowances to meet the needs of the parent and child. Further information about this and other Somerset County Council fostering services is available on free phone 0800 587 9900 or at www.somerset.gov.uk/fostering .
Councillor John Osman (pictured), Somerset County Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: "With the right support, families experiencing parenting difficulties can learn how to understand their child and meet their changing needs. This can make a real difference and will mean that in the long term, more families can be kept together."