SOME 400 foster care families are urgently needed in the North East, research from the Fostering Network found.
The survey, published at the start of Foster Care Fortnight, shows that three out of five fostering services are desperately seeking carers to make sure that teenagers can be found the homes they need.
Also, almost all services which responded to the survey were looking for more families for teenagers than last year.
By being placed with the right carers, teenagers have the opportunity to continue with their education, the stability to thrive and a family that can give them the love and support that they need.
Robert Tapsfield, chief executive of the Fostering Network, said: “Some teenagers in care have faced trauma beyond what can be comprehended by most of us.
“This means that skilled foster carers are urgently needed to help them overcome their trauma, and to help them develop their self-esteem and expectations so that they can achieve to their full potential.”
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