Call for new foster carers in county

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Fostering North Yorkshire has changed its phone number.

The service is calling for more people to step forward to become foster carers by phoning 0800 054 6989 to 01609 534654.

A spokesman for the service said: “All children who need to be fostered want to feel safe, secure and happy.

“Looking after a child who, for whatever reason, hasn’t had the best start in life, can give foster carers an amazing sense of achievement.

“Last year in North Yorkshire over 400 children were looked after by foster carers and we need to recruit another 60 foster carers to meet current and projected local demand.”

Following the successful Foster Care Fortnight campaign, which ran from June 1-14, Fostering North Yorkshire is keen to encourage anyone with an interest in fostering to get in touch, particularly those who are willing to give a safe and stable home to a vulnerable teenager or who can offer a short-term home to a disabled child.

“Good outcomes for children are more likely to be achieved if they can continue to live in North Yorkshire as local schools and health care are much easier to co-ordinate,” added the spokesman.

Several events will be held around the county on July 7.

Anyone interested in becoming a foster carer or booking a place on an event should contact the fostering team should call 01609 534654.

The previous number will have a recorded message redirecting callers to the new number for a short time.