Urgent call for more foster carers in South Cumbria

A campaign has been set up in Kendal and the South Lakes Credit: PA

South Cumbria is in urgent need for more foster carers to provide homes for children who can no longer live with their birth families.

A campaign has been set up in Kendal and the South Lakes to find more foster carers, and highlight the different kinds of fostering available.

This can be from short-term or Shared Care fostering, to offering a permanent home to a child.

Cumbria County Council's campaign aims to show the difference foster carers can make to the lives of local children.

The scheme is backed by county council foster carer Andrew Galvin.

Andrew Galvin and his wife Maria are Shared Care Cumbria County Council foster carers from Kendal.

They provide care one weekend a month for a teenager who is autistic and has learning difficulties.

Andrew said:

Foster carers are fully supported through training, assessment and approval stages.

Once approved, carers receive on-going support and training from social work professionals and other foster carers.

The Cabinet Member for Children’s Services said: