Council in need of more foster carers

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Foster carers are being sought in the borough, especially people who could care after children aged 11 and over.

North Tyneside Council is appealing for interested parties to get in touch to take the first steps to becoming a foster carer.

There are currently 299 looked after children in the borough, with 216 living with the 193 foster carers, who receive a weekly fee even when a child is not with them.

Foster carers – who can be single or in a relationship and there is no discrimination against age or background – will receive full training, with ongoing support.

Coun Ian Grayson, cabinet member for children, young people and learning, said: “Fostering a child of this age has many benefits and having a young person in your home brings an unrivalled buzz and vibrancy.

“You could find yourself chasing a football in the park, learning about previously unheard of music trend, or helping a child prepare for an exam with life-changing potential.”

For an informal chat, contact the council’s team on (0191) 643 2540 or visit their office at Wallsend Town Hall. Alternatively visit www.northtyneside.gov.uk/fostering