Foster carers needed in Northumberland

County councillor Robert Arckless
County councillor Robert Arckless
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The county council has welcomed 22 new Northumberland foster families in the past 12 months and is currently seeking 30 new foster carers.

The council is urgently seeking carers for school-age children and brothers and sisters in a number of areas including Alnwick, Amble and Berwick.

In celebration of the national Foster Care Fortnight, Northumberland County Council is highlighting the positive impact that foster carers and their families can have on the life of a young person.

Foster Care Fortnight, which runs until May 29, is the UK’s biggest foster care awareness-raising campaign, delivered by leading fostering charity, The Fostering Network. Established for almost 20 years, the campaign showcases the commitment, passion and dedication of foster carers. It also supports fostering services to highlight the need for more foster carers.

Cabinet member for children’s services, Coun Robert Arckless said: “Until they talked to our team, many people who thought about fostering did not think they could do it and did not realise the different options open to them.

“Working directly with the council, people get to choose from a wider range of foster care roles to suit their household. The support and training enables people to open their homes to some of our community’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people.

“We would urge anyone interested to call or visit our website to find out more and to learn how people can make a positive difference to the life of a child.”

Find out more about becoming a foster carer at http://northumberland.gov.uk/foster or call 01670 62 62 62. Details of the next information events can be found online too.