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Appeal for more foster carers to help with asylum-seeker children

Islington Council is appealing for more foster carers to help with unaccompanied asylum-seeker children.

New families are urgently needed in Islington and across the north London area to offer a caring home for some of the most vulnerable young people.

This could include young people affected by the unrest in Syria, and children fleeing violence and persecution elsewhere.

Cllr Joe Caluori, executive member for children and young people, said: "These children arrive in the UK scared, alone and with an uncertain future.

"Wherever they are from, they are all in need of a welcoming home where they can feel safe, secure and supported.

"It is essential we act now, as already 20 unaccompanied children have arrived in the borough this year."

The council has not received children from Syria so far, but is anticipating a need for more foster families in the coming months.

Young asylum-seekers from Syria would be in addition to many more children from other countries who are also in desperate need of a foster home, having fled persecution in their homelands.

As an Islington foster carer, you would offer them a stable environment to help them adapt and settle in a new country they do not know, allowing them to look forward to a better future.

Currently Islington has more than 150 foster carers looking after children of all ages and backgrounds, but with such a crisis the team needs more people coming forward now.

The assessment process to become a foster carer with Islington, for any child or young person, can take several months so it is vital to act soon.

If you think you could offer a home and the chance of a brighter future to a young person, get in touch with the fostering team today.

All foster carers working with Islington receive generous financial support, a dedicated social worker, 24-hour support, extensive training opportunities and regular peer support.

For more information, call our office today on 0800 073 0428 or email us at fostering@islington.gov.uk.

You can also visit www.islington.gov.uk/fostering or find us on social media at www.facebook.com/islingtonfostering.