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Thankyou for helping to promote Foster Care Fortnight (May 14-27) - it plays an invaluable role in bringing the importance of foster care to the attention of your readers.
Whilst we cannot tell you the names or show you pictures of the many children in care, we can confirm that their numbers are increasing and that the number of foster carers is not keeping pace.
We would therefore appeal to anyone who has ever considered fostering to come forward. Almost anyone can apply to foster, provided they are aged between 25 and 70 and in good health.
At Community Foster Care, a charity and not-for-profit agency, we provide free training and 24-hour support every step of the way.
There are currently more than 400 children in foster care in Gloucestershire, 400 in Wiltshire, 600 in Cumbria and 1,350 in Lancashire – children who, through no fault of their own, need support, understanding and a safe place to be at a difficult time in their young lives.
Foster carers make a huge difference to their life chances, offering them the kind of stability they may have never known, and enabling them to develop and grow.
It can be a hugely rewarding role and a life-changing experience – and hopefully one which many of your readers might wish to try.
Mark Kingston, Chief Executive, Community Foster Care
Times & Star, Workington
Cumberland & Westmorland Herald
Cumberland News, Also News & Star Workington
NW Evening Mail
The Westmorland Gazette (Newsquest)