Appeal for more foster carers to come forward

MORE than 750 extra foster carers need to be found across Scarborough, Yorkshire and the Humber in the next 12 months, a leading charity has warned.

The new figures, published by the Fostering Network, show the scale of the challenge for fostering services in the region as they struggle to provide the right foster homes for all the children who need them.

Since 2008 the number of children living with foster families in England has risen by 16 per cent, and is continuing to rise.

Helen Clarke, recruitment and retention expert at the Fostering Network, said: “All children in care need a family they can grow up with who can love them, be ambitious for them and help them achieve their potential. For a growing number, foster care is the best option.

“By becoming a foster carer people can help the children they welcome into their homes to have the best possible opportunity of a positive future, to do well at school and be successful in later life.”

To find out more call Fosterline on 0800 040 7675 or contact Fostering North Yorkshire on 0800 054 6989.