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A DESPERATE plea is being made for foster carers in Blackpool.

Children’s charity Barnado’s is urging people to come forward during Foster Care Fortnight which ends on May 27.

There are currently 8,700 children across the UK needing a safe and secure foster home.

Jon Broadhurst from Barnardo’s North West Fostering Service, said: “Children go into foster care for all kinds of reasons.

“We’re looking for families, couples or single people, men or women, who feel they can make a positive difference to a child’s life.

“There are thousands of school aged children out there who are in desperate need of a foster home.

“Children find themselves going into foster care through no fault of their own. But as children get older it becomes harder for us to find them foster placements.

“People from all walks of life can become foster carers. Experience with children is not necessary, you just need patience, to care about children and to have a spare bedroom.”

Barnardo’s has been successfully placing children with foster families in the North West region for the past 32 years.

Full support and training is given to all would-be foster carers who receive a weekly professional fee for the care of each child. Previous experience is not essential.

Barnardo’s guides foster carers through a detailed matching process and provides on-going support.

For more information or to speak to an advisor call 0845 894 9509 or go to www.barnardos.org.uk/fostering.