Villagers needed to foster children

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PEOPLE in Whitburn and the Boldons are being urged to help a child in need and find out more about fostering.

Foster Care Fortnight, which starts on Monday, is a national campaign to raise awareness of fostering and encourage more people to consider becoming foster carers.

In South Tyneside, there are 147 children living with 124 registered foster carers, who offer them stable and loving homes.

The council is looking to recruit more foster carers for some of the borough’s most vulnerable children, as well as finding more families that these children can live with until they are adults.

Councillor Joan Atkinson, lead member for children, young people and families, said: “Some children and young people cannot live with their own families for a variety of reasons, and they need stable, secure and caring alternatives.

“That’s where fostering plays an important role.

“It sees ordinary people doing extraordinary things to help children and young people in need.

“Being a foster carer can be challenging at times, but it is very rewarding, and it’s always satisfying to know you’re making such a positive difference to a child’s life.

Call the Fostering Team on 423 8500 or visit: