Plea for more foster carers in Islington

There are currently 350 children in care in Islington

There are currently 350 children in care in Islington - Credit: Archant

British children’s charity Barnardo’s is appealing to Islington residents to consider becoming a foster carer, as the number of children in care in the borough reaches 350.

According to the Fostering Network, about 1,150 new foster families are needed across London during 2016.

Lynn Gradwell, director of Barnardo’s in London, said: “Across London ordinary people are doing something extraordinary – opening their hearts to help children feel secure and loved.

“More foster carers are desperately needed to give these children loving and stable care, which is why we’d like to hear from people like you.

“Barnardo’s celebrates its 150th anniversary this year. The charity was one of the first to place children with families and to train foster carers so they had the right skills to look after children.”

Brenda Farrell, head of fostering and adoption, added: “You don’t have to be a saint or a superhero – you just need to be able to offer a child the loving care they need to help them be themselves.”

Those interesting in becoming a foster carer are urged to contact the charity on 0800 0277 280 or visit the charity’s website at

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