Appeal to find new foster carers

PUBLISHED: 12:02 21 January 2016 | UPDATED: 12:02 21 January 2016

An urgent appeal is underway to find 100 new foster carers in Devon.

Fostering Devon, Devon County Council’s fostering service, has launched a new recruitment drive to increase the number of carers, saying the more carers it has, the better the chances of finding a good match between child and carer.

The council is responsible for over 700 children and young people in foster care, and that figure continues to rise.

In addition, each year a number of foster carers retire or leave the profession, meaning that there is always a need to recruit new carers.

The Fostering Network recently released foster carer recruitment targets for 2016, estimating that the South West will need 600 new foster families.

To coincide with this, Fostering Devon launched its new recruitment campaign, asking people if they can ‘foster the thought’ about becoming a foster carer this year.

Councillor James McInnes, the Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for the fostering service said: “Fostering Devon has grown a lot in recent years. We have more foster carers available to provide long term care as well as emergency or respite care, but we will always want more carers to give us the flexibility to enable us to provide suitable matches.

To find out more about becoming a foster carer, visit www.fosteringindevon.org.uk, or call 0345 155 1077.

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