Foster care is required

AROUND 500 extra foster carers need to be found across our region 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 children in need.

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.

To find out more contact their local fostering service on or call Fosterline on 0800 040 7675.