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Every childhood should be special, but unfortunately not every child has the opportunity to cherish their early years. North Tyneside currently has 299 looked after children and of these, 216 live with the borough’s 193 foster carers.

We are always seeking new foster homes and we currently have a particular shortage of foster carers for children aged over eleven.

Foster carers with North Tyneside Council receive a weekly fee, even when a child is not with them.

Those registered to care for over-11s receive £90 each week when they do not have a child, rising to £334 per week when caring for a child. This can increase further if the child has additional needs.

To foster, all you need is time, patience and room in your home.

It doesn’t matter if you are single or part of a couple, or what your background, age or sexual orientation is.

Perhaps you have children who have grown up and your house now seems too quiet, or you may have had experience of working with children and young people during your career.

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 music trends, being egged on to jump off the high board at the swimming pool, going to an outdoor festival, or helping a child prepare for an exam with life-changing potential.

As a foster carer you will receive full training, with ongoing support from our dedicated fostering team.

There is also the North Tyneside Fostering Network, which supports carers.

We welcome enquiries from any part of the north east and our team would be delighted to have an informal chat to see if fostering is for you.

They can be contacted on 0191 643 2540. For more information go to www.northtyneside.gov.uk/fostering

Ian Grayson

Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Learning