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Appeal to find foster families across coast

Robert Tapsfield

Robert Tapsfield

Foster families are needed across the Fylde coast to help provide a stable and secure home for children in care.

And they are particularly needed to provide homes for teenagers, children with disabilities and sibling groups.

Robert Tapsfield, of the Fostering Network, said: “Children and young people come into care for a wide range of reasons, but all come needing professional, dedicated and compassionate support.

“Foster carers are remarkable people who open their homes to some of society’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people.”

At least 1,200 new families are needed across the North West this year to replace the 12 per cent who leave each year and to ensure that children who come into foster care find carers who are right for them.

Without enough 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.

A wider pool of foster carers makes it more likely that fostering services can find the right home for each child, first time.

Mr Tapsfield added: “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.”

To find out more about becoming a foster carer people should contact their local fostering service.

Details of fostering services and more information about fostering and becoming a foster carer are available from www.couldyoufoster.org.uk.

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