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Foster carers urgently needed to help most vulnerable children in Kent

PUBLISHED: 16:38 09 January 2014 | UPDATED: 16:38 09 January 2014

Kent County Council is looking to recruit more foster carers

Kent County Council is looking to recruit more foster carers

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Foster carers are urgently needed to offer homes to the most vulnerable children in Kent.

Kent County Council has launched a recruitment drive as charity The Fostering Network revealed that 8,600 more foster carers are needed nationwide and 925 are needed in the South East.

Families, couples and single people who are prepared to take in older children aged 12-15 and 16 plus are needed.

Jenny Whittle, the council’s cabinet member for specialist children’s services, said: “There is a real shortage of foster carers in the North and West of the county which means vulnerable children risk being placed further away from their families, friends and schools.

“As the new year begins, people may be considering a change of career and we really need people in these areas to think about whether they could open their home to a child who needs them.”

A council spokesman said age, sexuality, ethnicity, and family make-up are no barrier to becoming a foster carer – “all you need is a spare room, a positive attitude and a desire to work with children”.

A fostering event will be held at The Olympic pub and restaurant in Beechenlea Lane, Swanley, on February 26 at 7pm.

Visit kentfostering.co.uk or call 0845 330 2968 for information.

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