More foster homes are badly needed for teenagers in Portsmouth

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AS PORTSMOUTH City Council takes part in a drive to get more people fostering, new research has shown teenagers are most in need of carers.

The Fostering Network has found that three out of five fostering services are desperately seeking carers and homes – and the situation is getting worse.

It found that 98 per cent of the services which responded were looking for more foster families for teenagers than last year.

Until Saturday the council is running a pop-up shop in Cascades Shopping Centre, in Commercial Road, where anyone interested in fostering can get information and advice and speak to foster carers about their experiences.

Across the UK, a child comes into care and needs a foster family every 22 minutes. The Fostering Network estimates that an extra 8,750 foster families are needed in 2012.

LOCAL CASE STUDY

JAKE is a local 15-year-old who has been in foster and residential care for most of his life.

He has experienced emotional and physical abuse and can display challenging behaviour when he feels unsettled.

Jake seems younger than his age and enjoys the company of younger children. He has a good sense of humour, lots of energy and is in desperate need of a safe and loving environment with a foster family until he reaches adulthood.

If you feel you can offer a stable long-term home to Jake please call (023) 9237 4879.