Children's charity Barnardo’s today launched an appeal for long-term foster families in Northern Ireland.
According to the latest figures from Foster Network NI, there are about 350 children in Northern Ireland in need of a family at any one time.
As part of the charity’s first Fostering Week, which runs until Friday, Barnardo’s hopes to raise awareness about the shortage of foster homes.
Lynda Wilson, director of Barnardo’s NI, said: “Children can be in need of fostering for many reasons and it is Barnardo’s job to place the right child with the right parents. Our aim is to place children in long-term foster care to give them the stability and support they so desperately need. We have a real sense of pride in our foster carers, they are all remarkable people, doing a remarkable job.”
For the week Barnardo’s has set up a special information centre at its headquarters on Bridge Street in Belfast.