PEOPLE in West Lancashire who could change a local child's or young person's life and foster with Lancashire County Council are being urged to come forward.
The demand for foster carers has remained high during the coronavirus pandemic and the council still needs to find around 20 places every week for the children and young people it cares for.
People are being asked to consider whether a change in their circumstances caused by the current situation could leave them well placed to provide a loving home for a vulnerable young person.
The county council is also urging anyone who has fostered with them in the past to think about coming forward to offer the benefit of their experience.
It is hoped that foster carers who are currently taking a break from fostering and retired foster carers will also come forward as they already have the skills and know how important fostering is for making a real difference to a local child's life.
County Councillor Philippa Williamson, cabinet member for children, young people, and schools, said: "The coronavirus situation has caused disruption to many of our services, but we're still taking on new foster carers, and need their support just as much as ever.”
Foster carers could be asked to care for children and young people across a wide age range, from birth to 18-years-old. There's a particular need for foster carers who could support an older child or teenager who need a safe and secure home environment through the current crisis.
There is an allowance for both new and experienced foster carers, who can expect to receive between £250 and £428 per week for each child they care for.
New foster carers will also receive specialised training and any necessary support from a team of psychologists and emotional health workers.
Lancashire County Council welcomes new foster carers from all different backgrounds.
Foster carers need to be over 21 and have a spare room available by the end of the assessment process.
To find out more visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/fostering or call our team on 0300 123 6723.