Fostering roadshows are coming to a library near you

Barnsley Council’s fostering team are heading across the borough to help residents begin their fostering journey. The fostering roadshows aim to attract Barnsley carers for Barnsley children, especially for teenagers, sibling groups and long term placements and are a great opportunity for anyone who has considered fostering.

Residents are invited to have a chat with a specialist team to answer their questions and explore the many types of fostering arrangements. They’ll also be joined by experienced carers who will share their stories and offer first-hand advice about fostering.

The Fostering Barnsley team will be wearing their iconic green t-shirts as they visit a number of libraries across the borough, starting at the newly built Library @ the Lightbox. The fostering roadshows will be held from 10am to 12pm on the following dates:

Library @ the Lightbox – Saturday 25 January

Hoyland Library – Saturday 1 February

Penistone Library – Saturday 8 February

Mapplewell Library – Saturday 15 February

Goldthorpe Library – Saturday 22 February

Cudworth Library – Saturday 29 February

There will also be an additional information evening at Barnsley Town Hall on Wednesday 29 January from 6.30pm to 8.30pm for those who can’t attend during the day.

Cllr Margaret Bruff, Cabinet Spokesperson for People, said: “We’re looking for foster carers for children of all ages, but especially for children aged 10+ and carers with enough space in their lives to keep families together. It doesn’t matter if you’re single, own your home, or have children of your own - you could be the person we’re looking for.

“We offer a range of local support for both carers and children so you’ll always be able to contact our dedicated Barnsley-based teams. I would encourage anyone who can provide a loving home to a child in care to join us at our fostering roadshows and see how you can make a difference.”

Fostering Barnsley also holds monthly information evenings at the town hall where residents can meet up with other people considering fostering and chat to our fostering team. For more information, visit

This news is linked to Town Spirit, our new way of working better together. We believe, that if everyone in Barnsley does just one thing, we can make our borough a more welcoming place to live, work, invest and visit.

#LiveIt helps us to support the most vulnerable people, making sure they can access support at the earliest possible stage. #OwnIt by keeping your own and your family's health at its best, asking for support when you need it and looking out for your friends and neighbours.

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