Council in appeal for more foster carers

A search has begun to find more foster carers in North Tyneside.

As part of Foster Care Fortnight – from June 1 to 14 – North Tyneside Council is looking to recruit more foster carers, especially for teenagers and siblings.

every week we have new children and young people who are in challenging circumstances and need to know there is somewhere safe for them to go

Coun Ian Grayson, cabinet member for children, young people and learning

Coun Ian Grayson, cabinet member for children, young people and learning, said: “We currently have more than 200 children and young people in foster care in North Tyneside, but every week we have new children and young people who are in challenging circumstances and need to know there is somewhere safe for them to go.

“Foster carers are the people we need to turn to when that happens.

“It’s a role that can earn you competitive fees/ allowances, but more importantly can help us care for children when they most need someone to look after them and help rebuild their hope for the future.”

For more information, or to request an information pack, contact the fostering and adoption service on (0191) 643 2540 or email fostering@northtyneside.gov.uk.

Fostering can be anything from taking a child for a weekend, to looking after them full-time for a few months or even permanently.

Foster carers can be single or in a relationship, be a home owner or renting.

No formal qualifications are required.

Carol, who has been a foster carer for a year, said: “I get a great sense of achievement from being a foster carer and find it really rewarding.

“I look after two children at the moment who are at school and the flexibility allows me to still be a very hands-on grandparent.”

James, aged 18, has lived in foster care since he was 11, said: “It is no different than being with real parents.

“I class my foster parents like my own family. I feel like part of the family; not just from my foster parents but other members of the family.

“I didn’t have any trouble settling in and made friends easily. I am currently doing an apprenticeship and planning for my future.”