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New appeal for foster carers

The organisation responsible for foster care in the Isle of Man is renewing its appeal to anyone who could offer a vulnerable youngster a home.

Fostering First, which was set up by the Children's Centre in April last year, says between January and September this year 18 children were left without suitable places to live.

There are 43 approved foster caring families in the Isle of Man at the moment, but more are desperately needed.

At present there are 125 children in care, fewer than half of whom are being looked after by foster families. Of the 57 in foster care, 18 are under the age of five and 23 are teenagers.

Head of Fostering First Fiona Lassen says foster care brings some stability into the lives of youngsters who can't live at home for whatever reason.

She says carers must be over 21, but other than that restrictions are few and far between. They can be married, divorced or single, with their own children or without, and they don't have to own their own home.

Those who are approved will be fully trained and there is money available to cover the expenses of caring for a child.

Anyone interested should visit thechildrenscentre.org.im/fosteringfirst

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