North Somerset experiencing shortage of foster carers

PUBLISHED: 18:00 12 May 2018

More people are needed to come forward to adopt children.

More people are needed to come forward to adopt children.

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Children in foster care are being looked after in expensive placements outside North Somerset because there is a shortage of volunteers.

North Somerset Council hopes to encourage people to become foster carers during its Foster Care Fortnight, which runs from Monday to May 27.

Councillor Jan Barber, executive member responsible for children’s services, said: “There are many myths about who can and can’t foster which can often put people off from coming forward – but they aren’t true.

“There are certain criteria which need to be met but we’re happy to talk to anyone who’s interested.

“Even if you don’t meet the criteria now our fostering team will talk to you about how you might in the future.”

Information about becoming a foster carer will be available in Weston’s Town Hall, in Walliscote Grove Road, throughout the fortnight.

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