Families in Nottinghamshire are being urged to give a loving home to children in need.
The call comes from The Fostering Network which is looking for 550 recruits across the East Midlands to offer supportive family environments.
There is an urgent need for more foster families to provide homes for teenagers, disabled children, unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and sibling groups. Many foster carers who choose to foster these groups, who are traditionally thought of as ‘hard to place’ , comment on how rewarding the experience is.
Figures show that two in five (40 per cent) fostered teenagers are already living with their third foster family since coming into care and one in 20 (five per cent) are living with their tenth family in foster care.
Kevin Williams, chief executive of The Fostering Network, said: “Foster families in the East Midlands perform an invaluable duty on behalf of the state, one that really serves the whole community. Their work contributes not only to society now, but in the decades that will come as the young people who live in their care grow into independence and in turn become positive adults who give back to society.
“By recruiting more fostering families, we can provide the wide choice of potential foster family needed so that each child has the best opportunity of being matched with a foster carer who can meet their needs at the first time of asking.
“Prospective foster carers will receive training and support from their fostering service, but before they even start the process they need a range of skills and qualities including patience, the ability to listen, being a team player, a sense of humour and much more besides.”
If you think you have what it takes to become a foster carer, visit the website couldyoufoster.org.uk