Council launches appeal for foster care

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PROSPECTIVE foster parents in Scarborough are being desperately sought to help cope with the growing number of children needing a loving family home.

The appeal has been made by North Yorkshire County Council ahead of Foster Care Fortnight – a national event aimed at raising awareness of the issue – which begins today.

A child goes into care every 22 minutes in the UK, and 307 children needed to be looked after by a foster carer in North Yorkshire last year.

Many children who need foster carers have been neglected or abused, and some have physical or learning disabilities.

Fostering North Yorkshire urgently needs an additional 60 foster carers.

“Being a foster carer takes time, energy and understanding, but it can be immensely rewarding,” said NYCC executive member for children and young people’s services Cllr Carl Les.

“There are many day-to-day moments that can help change a child’s life, like the moment when the child in your care smiles for the first time, trusts you enough to hold your hand or learns a new skill like tying their shoelaces.

“That’s when you know that through your support and care, you’re making a real difference to the lives of vulnerable children.”

NYCC offers ongoing help, advice and training for foster carers, as well as an allowance of up to £313.75 a week.

Call 0800 0546989 for further information