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Appeal made for more foster carers
AN appeal for more foster parents to come forward has been made by council chiefs this week after it emerged 40 per cent of children in care live outside Bucks.
It's hoped more vulnerable youngsters will be able to live closer to home if people answer the urgent call to become a foster parent.
Buckinghamshire County Council's cabinet member for children's services Angela Macpherson recently revealed that 40 per cent of the children in the authority's care live outside the county border - with one living as far away as Northumbria.
She said this week: "There are many reasons why a child may need to spend time in our care, and foster carers can give them a loving, family environment to grow in.
"We are looking for more foster carers in the Bucks area to come forward. Children thrive on familiarity, so we try to place them with carers in their local area to enable them to remain close to their school and friends, as well as people and places they know.
"People from a variety of backgrounds can apply to foster, regardless of marital status or sexuality. But it is important that our carers have personal skills like patience, a good sense of humour, tolerance, energy and ability to treat children and young people as individuals."
Aylesbury resident June Sutton is among the foster carers on the council's books, helping to care for youngsters for nearly 20 years after following her sister's lead.
She said: "Fostering is a challenge but it’s also really rewarding to watch the children thrive in your care. You don't have to be rich, live in a mansion, be married or even in a couple to foster. I'm proof that anyone can do it.
"I've felt really supported by the fostering team, as there's loads of training you can do and always someone at the other end of the phone if you need them."
Anyone interested in becoming a foster carer or adoptive parent can find out more by visiting www.buckscc.gov.uk/fostering or calling 0800 160 1900.
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