Recruitment plea for more foster carers in Sheffield

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A plea for more foster carers has been made by Sheffield Council.

The authority needs to recruit 40 more foster carers this year.

Coun Jackie Drayton, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for children and young people, said: “There is a real shortage of foster carers across the country and Sheffield is no different.

“In particular we need people willing to parent older children aged 10 and above, and especially teenagers. That is where there is a critical shortage.

“Currently, some children have to live too far away from family and friends, change schools, and be split up from brothers and sisters.”

Coun Drayton added: “For the vast majority of children in Sheffield, a foster home can provide the stability and support needed to secure a better future.

“More foster families would mean more children could live with the right foster carer.

“I have complete admiration for our foster carers. Becoming a foster carer can be a truly rewarding experience and I would urge as many people as possible to come forward. “You could make the difference to a child’s future.”

The council offers incentives to support its foster carers, including a weekly allowance and payments for equipment, birthdays and festivals.

Visit www.sheffield.gov.uk/fostering or call 0114 273 5075.