Council looking to sign up more foster carers

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NORTH Lincolnshire Council is keen to encourage more people to come forward and be trained as foster carers.

The area currently has 87 foster carers, including a number in the Brigg area, providing mainstream and short-break care for children and young people in North Lincolnshire.

More than 150 children in North Lincolnshire were cared for by foster carers last year and the council’s fostering service hopes more people will consider looking at their own skills and qualities and come forward to meet the needs of children in care.

A spokesman for the council said: “Anyone who thinks they might be able to provide a caring home for a child or young person is urged to get in touch and start making a difference.

“Many people tend to think only married couples can foster, or people in long-term relationships, but many more people are eligible.

“There are no restrictions on marital status or age.

“It is important for us to recruit a wide variety of people from all walks of life as the children and young people we care for have such diverse needs.”

Fostering is a way people can provide a family life for children who cannot live with their own parents, for reasons such as neglect, family breakdown, bereavement or illness.

Often children will return home once the problems that caused them to go into foster care have been resolved, although in other cases children will stay in long-term foster care, move to an adoptive family or go on to live independently.

To learn more about fostering call 01652 656005, visit the fostering pages on the North Lincolnshire Council website, or contact: The Fostering Service, 38 West Street Scawby, Brigg, DN20 9AN.