People in Northumberland are being asked to foster children and young people.
At least 8,600 new foster families are needed across the UK during 2014 to provide stable, secure and loving homes, according to the Fostering Network.
Almost 63,000 children will be living with over 52,500 foster families across the UK. More foster families are needed for children aged 7 upwards and short term stays for teenagers, children with disabilities and also sibling groups.
Northumberland County Council supports 18 to 20 years old to stay with their foster carers with their ‘Staying Put’ scheme, so is also seeking people to help teens in their further education and employment training.
Without enough foster families willing and able to offer homes to these groups, some children will find themselves living a long way from family, school and friends, being split up from brothers and sisters, or being placed with a foster carer who does not have the ideal skills and experience to meet their specific needs.
Fostering can be a challenging job, and when the match between foster family and child is not ideal, it becomes more difficult. However, a wide pool of foster carers makes it more likely that fostering services can find the right foster home for each child, first time. By recruiting more carers we are better able to find the right family for a child, so they can achieve their potential.
Councillor Robert Arckless, policy member for children’s services, said: “Children and young people come into care for a wide range of reasons and for differing lengths of stay, but all need professional, dedicated and compassionate support.
“Foster carers come from many different backgrounds and receive individual training and support from the Northumberland County Council Family Placement Service.
“This support enables people from all walks of life to open their homes to some of society’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people.”
“We urge people to visit our informative web site http://fostering.northumberland.gov.uk to see that fostering could be for them and how they can make a lasting positive difference to the life of a child whatever type of care they are offering. Count yourself in – change lives.”
If you are interested in helping children and young people, why not consider fostering with Northumberland County Council – go online to find out more http://fostering.northumberland.gov.uk or ring 01670 62 62 62.