Children's charity launches appeal

PUBLISHED: 11:00 09 January 2012 | UPDATED: 11:17 09 January 2012

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A CHILDREN'S charity has appealed for more foster carers on the first anniversary of its adoption service in the South West.

This week, from January 9, is Barnado’s annual Fostering & Adoption Week.

Its appeal comes after North Somerset Council and Somerset County Council both appealed for more foster families last month.

Since January 1 2011, Barnado’s has had almost 400 applicants with many now providing a loving home for foster children.

But the charity says it needs another 550 carers, particularly for older children.

It is looking for people to help with both short and long-term fostering, short breaks for disabled children and their families, and adoption.

Barnardo’s children’s services development manager Sal Steeple said: “We have been delighted by the initial response from members of the public following our official launch last year.

“We will try to find loving homes for children of all backgrounds, but there is a particular need for those who wait the longest to find permanent families.

“These ‘hard to place’ children include brothers and sisters, older children, children from black and minority ethnic backgrounds and children with disabilities.

“Some people worry about what type of children would be matched with them, but we help to identify the child best suited to their own family.”

For more information on the Barnardo’s South West Fostering & Adoption Service, visit www.barnardos.org.uk/swfosteringadoption, email swfamily@barnardos.org.uk or call 0117 9375500.

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