More foster carers needed in Sheffield

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A Sheffield-based foster care provider is looking for more homes in the city for young unaccompanied sanctuary seekers from war-torn countries.

It is the legal responsibility of local authorities to care for under 18s who arrive in the country from abroad seeking sanctuary.

Foster Care Associates is urging people with a spare room to contact them directly.

Chief operating officer, Lynn Webb, said: “We have a strong heritage of working with sanctuary seeking children from many countries and religious backgrounds.

“These children and young people are often extremely traumatised after a dangerous and long journey. As a society we have a legal, and more importantly moral, obligation to care for them and they should not be viewed as just a statistic.

“With more than 21 years of experience working in partnership with local authorities we believe that fostering is a positive alternative to a residential unit or supported accommodation while the child or young person is seeking refugee status.”

For more information or to find out more call 0800 0224012.