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720 Extra Foster Families Needed In Yorkshire

There is a particular need for families who can foster teenagers and groups of brothers and sisters.

720 new foster families in Yorkshire and Humber, according to leading charity The Fostering Network, need to be found in the coming year to ensure that all children who need fostering can live with the right family to meet their needs.

There is a particular need for families who can foster teenagers and groups of brothers and sisters. The new figures show that 8,100 families are needed across the UK (6,800 in England, 200 in Northern Ireland, 550 in Wales and 550 in Scotland). 

Without more foster families in Yorkshire and Humber coming forward during 2018, it's claimed some children will find themselves living a long way from their family, school and friends, being split up from brothers and sisters, or being placed with a foster carer who might not have the right skills and experience to meet their specific needs.

Kevin Williams, chief executive of The Fostering Network, said: "Foster carers do something amazing on behalf of our society, opening their hearts and homes to fostered children, often offering them their first experience of a stable, secure and caring home.

"Looking after fostered children, many of whom who have experienced trauma, abuse or neglect, can be challenging. But it is that challenge, along with the reward of seeing these children and young people flourish, that many foster carers across Yorkshire and Humber say makes them proud to foster."

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