AROUND 500 extra foster carers need to be found across the East Midlands in the next 12 months, a leading charity has warned.
The new figures, published by the Fostering Network, show the scale of the challenge for fostering services in the region as they struggle to provide the right foster homes for all the children who need them.
Since 2008 the number of children living with foster families in England has risen by 16 per cent.
Helen Clarke, recruitment and retention expert at the Fostering Network, said: “All children in care need a family they can grow up with who can love them, be ambitious for them and help them achieve their potential. For a growing number, foster care is the best option.
To find out more about becoming a foster carer visit www.couldyoufoster.org.uk or call Fosterline on 0800 040 7675.