AN INFORMATION day for anyone considering fostering takes place in Southampton tomorrow.

Prospective carers will have the chance to find out what it takes to provide a foster home, and talk to current carers about their experiences from 10am to 5pm at Southampton Central Library.

The Fostering Network estimates there is a shortage of at least 9,000 foster carers in the UK with nearly 500 children in care in Southampton.

They added that all fostering placements are fully funded, and there is also a skills-based payment scheme available to carers who have gained experience and have undertaken relevant qualifications, which are funded by the council.

All prospective foster carers receive training to help them identify and build upon the skills they already have, and develop new skills needed to offer children the best start in life.

Tomorrow's event will be a chance for people to find out about the different types of fostering placements, training and financial support available with no further obligations.