Foster families are being sought across the region during 2014 to provide stable, secure and loving homes for the record numbers of children in need of care.
According to new figures released by the Fostering Network, at least 450 new foster families are needed in the region.
More foster families are required not only to replace the 12 per cent who leave each year, but also to ensure that children who come into foster care find carers who are right for them, have the skills and qualities they need, and are available now.
Families are particularly needed to provide homes for teenagers, children with disabilities and sibling groups in the north east.
Robert Tapsfield, chief executive of the Fostering Network, said: “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 visit www.couldyoufoster.org.uk