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Charity boss calls for more foster families

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 14, 2013

By MARK MCKAY

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AN appeal has been made to find hundreds of new foster families in East Staffordshire.

According to the charity, Fostering Network, hundreds of new homes are needed for foster children in the region.

The calls have been made to make up the shortfall left by 13 per cent of foster parents who retire every year.

The charity warned that unless more foster parents are found, many children will fail to get the care they need.

Robert Tapsfield, chief executive of the Fostering Network, said: “Despite fostering services attracting more people to become foster carers, the continuing rise of children coming into care means many more are still needed in East Staffordshire this year alone.

“Children need a stable life to help them grow and achieve their potential.

“By becoming a foster carer people can help them have the best possible opportunity for a positive future, to do well at school and be successful in later life.”

Mr Tapsfield added people from all backgrounds can become foster parents.

He said: “What matters is that they have a desire to work with children and the right skills.”

The Staffordshire County Council fostering service has provided care for 931 children with over 500 foster families currently signed up to the service.

But councillor Mike Lawrence, cabinet member for children’s wellbeing, said the authority is on the lookout more foster families.

He said: “Foster carers play a vital role in transforming children’s lives offering them a secure and loving environment.

“We are always looking to recruit new carers irrespective of their backgrounds or domestic arrangements so I would encourage people to get in touch with us.

“Our foster families tell us it is a hugely rewarding and satisfying thing to do.”

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