PARENTS whose youngsters are about to fly the nest are being urged to become foster carers.
More than 40 children in the borough are on the waiting list for a foster family and Hillingdon Council has struggled in recent years to find enough suitable people.
Councillor David Simmonds, deputy leader and cabinet member for education and children’s services, said: “Many parents who enjoy family life will be dreading the thought of an empty nest, as their own children become more independent and prepare to leave home for university. Fostering is extremely rewarding and, not only is this a great way of extending your family, but it also offers experienced parents the opportunity to use their parenting skills to help shape a child’s future for the better.
The council is holding information evenings at Hillingdon Civic Centre in High Street, Uxbridge, on October 9, November 13 and December 11 from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.
Foster carers are trained and offered continued support from a social worker and receive a fortnightly allowance which ranges from £327.60 to £388.64 per child.
n See www.hillingdon.gov.uk/fostering or call 0800 783 1298.