Sixty disadvantaged children in Northern Ireland desperately require safe, long-term homes, a leading foster charity has said.
The children — a number of whom come from troubled backgrounds — are aged between one and 15 and currently live with short-term foster families or in residential care.
The Fostering Network — the UK’s leading charity for all those involved in foster care — today launched a province-wide search for good homes for those affected.
Foster Care Fortnight 2011 runs until Sunday, 29 May. Its aim is to encourage people to consider offering a long-term home to a child.
Kate Lewis, director of the Fostering Network Northern Ireland, said: “Foster families are needed across Northern Ireland to offer homes to these children. Foster care will give some of them their first positive experience of stable family life.
“Being a long-term foster carer means offering a child security, stability and the confidence to meet the many challenges life throws at them.”