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At least 750 new foster families are needed across Yorkshire and the Humber during 2014, according to figures from the Fostering Network.
More foster families are needed not only to replace the 12 per cent who leave each year, but to ensure that the children who come into foster care find carers who have the skills and qualities they need, and are available immediately.
Families are particularly needed to provide homes for teenagers, children with disabilities and sibling groups.
The Fostering Network says without enough families willing and able to offer homes to these groups, some children will find themselves living a long way from family, school and friends or being split up from brothers and sisters.
A man from York at the centre of a child abduction investigation has been arrested on board a plane at Luton Airport as he allegedly tried to leave the country.
The 34-year-old was held after reports to North Yorkshire Police by a York woman who claimed her husband had taken her two-year-old son and was intending to leave the country. The boy was found safe and well allegedly with the man on a plane which was about to leave England.
The suspect was arrested and is being transported back to York for questioning. The child is being reunited with his mother. Police say it was a fast-moving incident and have praised officers and Border Agency officials for their rapid response.
Researchers warn a study which shows more than 18,000 children took up smoking in Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire in 2011 should be seen as a child protection issue.
The researchers based their analysis on data taken from the 2011 'Smoking, drinking and drug use among young people in England' survey, which targets schoolchildren in England between the ages of 11 and 15 every year.
Questionnaires were completed by 6519 children in 219 schools.
"Smoking is among the largest causes of preventable deaths worldwide. The present data should help to raise awareness of childhood smoking and to focus attention on the need to address this important child protection issue."
A survey published today reveals shocking numbers of children taking up smoking in Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire.
In 2011, more than 18,683 eleven to fifteen-year-olds took up the habit - or 51 children per day. It's thought the figures could be on the increase this year.
Taking up smoking at a young age is an even greater risk to health than starting later in life, experts say. People who start smoking before the age of 15 run a higher risk of developing lung cancer than those who take up the habit later on.
Hundreds of youngsters who are fighting cancer got the chance to be sports superstars for a day as they headed to Sheffield's Institute for Sport, to try everything from cheerleading to judo.
The idea is to keep them fit and active, even though many are undergoing often exhausting treatment at Sheffield's Children's Hospital. But as Martin Fisher found out they were keen to take up the challenge.
An appeal which has already raised over a million pounds for sick children in Leeds is celebrating its third birthday. The Leeds Children's Hospital Appeal will be throwing a party at the LGI later today.
An outdoor play area for young cancer patients opens at Leeds General Infirmary. Four-year-old Alfie Connor cut the ribbon - his family helped to raise some of the three hundred thousand pounds needed to build it.
A major report aimed at keeping children safe in Islamic faith institutions has been launched in Bradford.The police and the National Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty to Children are among those represented at a conference at Bradford City Hall.
Sheffield City Council is backing plans to rebuild two primary schools. Fox Hill Primary on Powey Road will be rebuilt on the same site as the existing school. The old school will then be demolished.
Prince Edward Primary School, on City Road, will also be rebuilt on part of the existing school site and part of a cleared Council housing site. The future of the cleared site will be discussed at a later date.
Pupils will be able to continue with their studies in both cases and will have minimal disruption while work is carried out. All staff will retain their jobs as well.
"It is great to be able to rebuild these two schools that need lots of improvements. Research has shown a good educational environment improves educational attainment and behaviour."