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Appeal for foster families

AT LEAST 1,200 new foster families are needed in the north west to provide stable, secure and loving homes for record numbers of children, according to figures from the Fostering Network.** **

Tonight, over 8,600 children will be living with foster families across the north west. **


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"Children and young people come into care for a wide range of reasons, but all need professional, dedicated and compassionate support. Foster carers are remarkable people who open their homes to some of society's most vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people.**

"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."

– Robert Tapsfield Chief Exec Fostering Network

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Record number of foster families in the North West

Foster family in Widnes Credit: ITV Granada

A charity is calling on people in the North West to see if they have room in their hearts and their homes for children who need foster families.

According to the Fostering Network, more than 11,000 children living with foster families in the region, which is a record number.

A charity is calling on people to become foster parents in the North West Credit: ITV Granada

Cllr Graham Wright, Knowsley Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Family Services said: "The reason we need more foster parents is so that we can expand the kind of offer we have."

He added: "If we had more foster parents we'd be in a better position to guarantee longer placements and not to interrupt placements.

For more information on fostering, please visit www.fostering.net or www.knowsley.gov.uk.