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Search for new foster families in Southampton
6:00am Friday 15th March 2013 in News
A NEW drive has been launched to find foster carers from among Southampton's various religious groups.
The city council has launched its Families For Forty campaign to find homes for some of the city's children who are currently in care.
It already has wide support from churches and the city Council of Faiths, and is aiming to find homes for 40 children.
To launch the campaign, Paul Woodman, the leader of City Life Church, presented council cabinet member for children's services Sarah Bogle with artwork containing 40 keys.
The work represents the search for the 40 new homes.
Cllr Bogle said: “We've seen an unprecedented increase in the number of children coming in to care in the last two to three years, which has put increased pressure on the council's existing pool of foster carers.
“The council has been recruiting new carers at an increased rate in order to try and meet the new level of demand, and working alongside the different faith groups will help find new foster families for some of our most vulnerable children.”
If you are interested in fostering a child, visit the council website.