Council appeals for more Leicester foster carers
A lack of foster carers in Leicester has prompted an urgent appeal for more volunteers willing to care for children to come forward.
Leicester City Council currently has a shortage of foster parents, especially those willing to care for teenagers.
Fostering can be for a temporary period but often becomes permanent - particularly for older children.
The council has appealed for potential carers to come along to two information sessions on 16 and 17 March.
Paul Morley, from Leicester City Council, said: "A lot of people rule themselves out without getting the real information.
"There's a lot of myths about fostering out there. People think they are too old or we won't be interested in them for various reasons that just aren't true.
"We look at the time you've got, whether you've got space in your house - we need people who can give time and commitment to a child and help them come on in life."
He added: "Foster carers get a sense of fulfilment, knowing they are doing a really good job for the children they look after."
Foster carers are paid for their time and also receive training and ongoing support.