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. **
"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."
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