Families are sought for foster care

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Potential foster carers in Northumberland are being encouraged to come forward for a potential placement.

Northumberland County Council’s Family Placement Service is appealing for people to come forward.

The team is looking to recruit 30 new foster carers to help local children and young people up to 18-years-old, for both long and short term stays.

The appeal is being run as part of Foster Care Fortnight – a UK-wide campaign running from Monday, May 13, to Friday, May 26, to raise the profile of fostering and attract new carers.

The 2013 theme of ‘Fostering: Get in the Frame’ is helping to highlight the need for around 9,000 new carers to provide loving and supportive homes for some of the country’s most vulnerable children.

Paul Moffat, Northumberland County Council’s corporate director of children’s services, said: “This Foster Care Fortnight we are promoting the message to encourage people from all walks of life to come forward to see if they could get in the frame and be the perfect foster carer.”

Members of the county council’s foster care team will be setting up information stands between 11am and 2pm on Wednesday, May 22, at Sainsbury’s store in Cramlington.

Anyone interested is asled to attend the stand.