County is seeking new foster carers

Lancashire County Councillor Matthew Tomlinson
Lancashire County Councillor Matthew Tomlinson
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New foster carers are being sought by Lancashire County Council.

This autumn, the county council is aiming to recruit new carers to join the hundreds already looking after children and young people in care.

Coun Matthew Tomlinson, cabinet member for children, young people and schools, said: “It’s our job to look after more than 1,600 children and young people who have come into our care.

“Whenever we can, we place them with well-supported and caring foster carers who can provide a warm, loving home, consistent care, and a sense of belonging for children and young people who sometimes need help to feel good about themselves again.

“Foster carers also act as role models for children who may never have experienced the care of an adult who puts the child’s needs first or provides boundaries and a routine.

“I’d like to ask people in Lancashire to think about if fostering might be for them. I want to reassure them that we’d look after them, and give them training and support all the way.

“We’re looking for steady, resilient people who are warm, nurturing, energetic and determined to give our children the best start in life.”

Applicants must be over the age of 21.

To find out more about fostering visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/fostering or call 0800 195 1183.