At least 1,200 new foster families are needed across the north west during 2014 to provide stable, secure and loving homes for the record numbers of fostered children, according to figures out today from the Fostering Network.
Tonight, over 8,600 children will be living with foster families across the north west.
More foster families are needed not only to replace the 12 per cent who leave each year, but to ensure that children who come into foster care find foster carers who are right for them, have the skills and qualities they need, and are available now.
More foster families are needed to provide homes for teenagers, children with disabilities and sibling groups. A wider pool of foster carers makes it more likely that fostering services can find the right foster home for each child, first time.
Robert Tapsfield, chief executive of the Fostering Network, said: “We urgently need people who believe that they have the right skills and qualities to foster to come forward and make a long lasting positive difference to the life of a child.
“In particular, foster carers are needed to provide homes for teenagers and children with disabilities, and to help sibling groups stay together.”
Details of fostering services are available from couldyoufoster.org.