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Could you make a difference? Urgent need for foster carers in the South

More foster carers are urgently needed to give homes to the rising number of children taken into care.

The problem is particularly acute in Southampton where the number of children removed from their parents has just exceeded 500.

Kerry Swain has been to meet a grandmother who's been fostering vulnerable children for the past 25 years.

Anyone willing to open their home and their heart to a child should ring 0800 5 19 18 18 or click here for more details.

Hundreds of foster families needed to care for children

At least 925 new foster families are needed across the south east this year, according to new figures.

More foster families are particularly needed to provided homes for teenagers, children with disabilities and sibling groups.

Chief Executive of Fostering Network, Robert Tapsfield said, "Fostering services across the south east need to attract a diverse range of foster carers who can reflect the children in care and who can offer as much choice as possible so that they can find the right home for each child, first time.

"We urgently need people who believe that they have the right skills and qualities to foster to cone forward and make a long lasting positive difference to the life of a child."

It you are interested in fostering, click here.