I AM writing to draw the attention of your readers to the ever-growing and urgent need for more foster carers in your area.

Sadly, the number of children entering the care system continues to rise, with a particular shortage of foster carers for young people aged 10-17 years old.

I was fortunate to spend part of my childhood with foster families who gave me a sense of belonging, stability and security – something I passionately believe all children and young people both need and deserve.

At present, more than 68,000 children are in care in England, 75 per cent of whom are in foster care, but still more foster carers are needed and especially for 10-17 year olds who need care, consistency, stability and love to flourish.

I understand the prospect of fostering may seem daunting but with the right support it can be a hugely rewarding experience helping a young person to turn their life around.

As the very proud patron of TACT, the UK’s largest fostering and adoption charity, I see the real difference that their high-quality foster carers are making to the lives of young people and children across the UK.

And not only this, I also see the incredible support the charity provides to foster carers which is so pivotal to their track record of highly successful foster placements.

People from a variety of backgrounds come forward to foster, bringing with them a wide range of unique skills.

This Fostering Fortnight, I strongly urge your readers to think about whether they might have the patience, understanding and motivation to foster a young person.

As a foster carer, you can truly transform a young person’s life, setting them on the path to a brighter future.

Contact TACT today to find out more on 0808 256 2727 or visit tactcare.org.uk/about-us LORRAINE PASCALE Patron of TACT