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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. **


"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


Ex-Liverpool star Mark Wright becomes foster care ambassador

Mark Wright at the launch at Liverpool FC Credit: Core Assets

The ex-Liverpool and England star Mark Wright has been appointed as an ambassador for the UK's leading foster care agency, Foster Care Associates.

He will lead a series of initiatives to drive up the number of foster carers in Britain and champion the rights of children in care.

Launching the UK10K with former team-mates John Barnes and Jan Molby Credit: Core Assets

The UK10K campaign will embrace a series of initiatives across the UK, commencing this November with the launch of the FCA manifesto for children and foster carers.

Putting the car in Care: Mark Wright Credit: Core Assets

Mark said: “As foster carers, my wife and I are passionate about giving disadvantaged children the chance to thrive and lead truly fulfilling lives.