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North Yorkshire Families Urged to Open Hearts & Homes for Fostering Fortnight


8:57am 12th May 2014

Families in York and North Yorkshire are being asked to open their hearts and their homes to needy children as part of Fostering Fortnight.

More than four hundred children were looked after by North Yorkshire foster carers last year and to keep up with demand North Yorkshire County Council needs to recruit around 50 new carers this year.

Lee and Alison Rooks, who have fostered five children since they started fostering nearly two years ago, say the experience has been hugely rewarding.

The couple, who live in a village near Pocklington, have fostered children from birth to nine years old.

“We had always said that we would foster at some point in our lives, whether we had our own children or not,” said Mrs Rooks, who has three daughters of her own.

“We felt passionately about wanting to help other children and make a difference to their lives. 

“When the children go to bed at night we can honestly say we know we did our ultimate best today for those children and when we see the children being happy and settled it is a big reward to know that we have contributed to that. 

“I can’t envisage a time when we would not want to do this any more and we would recommend other people to become foster carers, without a shadow of a doubt.”

If you can foster a child or want to find out more contact the following organisations:

  • North Yorkshire Fostering North Yorkshire - 0800 054 6989
  • York City of York Council - 01904 555333
  • East Riding of Yorkshire East Riding of Yorkshire Council - 01482 396673
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