KIND-hearted South Tynesiders are being asked to open their homes to children in need of foster care.
The borough’s fostering service has 24 children and young people who are in need of loving homes.
Across the North East, more than 3,250 children are living with foster families and a further 450 are in need of somewhere to stay.
The majority of the children in South Tyneside, aged up to 16, are in temporary placements.
Coun Joan Atkinson, lead member for children, young people and families, said: “Some children and young people cannot live with their own families for a variety of reasons and they need stable, secure and caring alternatives.
“Fostering and adoption plays an important role in this and sees amazing people welcome them into their homes and families and give them love and guidance. Our foster carers and adoptive families come from all walks of life and are doing outstanding things for the children in their care.
“However, we are always looking to recruit more foster carers for some of the borough’s most vulnerable youngsters and find more adoptive families that these children can call their own for life. While all applicants are welcome, we are particularly keen to recruit more families who are able to support children aged over 10 and sibling groups, as well as families who are committed to offering long-term placements.
“Potential foster carers and adoptive parents don’t even need to have special skills or any experience of looking after children as full training and support is given.”
Anyone who wants more information about fostering in South Tyneside can contact the fostering and adoption team on 423 8500 or visit www.southtyneside.info/fostering