Lancashire County Council has issued a plea for more people to consider becoming foster carers.
The Fostering Network has revealed that at least 8,600 new foster families are needed to provide stable, secure and loving homes for record numbers of fostered children.
County Coun Matthew Tomlinson, who oversees services for children in care, said: “We still need more foster carers to help look after children in Lancashire who can’t stay with their own families.
“It’s not easy to put a figure on exactly how many we need. We certainly don’t have children on some kind of waiting list – if a child or young person needs to be removed for their own safety, then we will always take action.
“But we have more children in care now than ever – well over 1,500 at the end of 2013.”
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