CHESHIRE West and Chester Council has launched a campaign focusing on the need to recruit long-term foster carers.

The authority is keen to recruit people who can offer a child, or children, a home on a long-term basis.

Phil Thomas, a long-term foster carer, said: “Being able to offer a home to children over a longer period of time is especially rewarding.

“They become part of your family and in return you get to see them grow in confidence and self-esteem.”

Paul Boyce, head of the council’s Safeguarding Service, said: “We are looking for people from different backgrounds and with different experience to offer foster care to all sorts of children.

“It doesn’t matter whether you are married or single, own your home or are renting, whether you are unemployed or work full-time – what’s important is that you’re committed, realistic and have a positive approach – and that you have a spare room in your home.

“In return, we will provide lots of support and training, as well as an allowance to cover the costs of caring for a child, and fees to reflect your skills and experience.”

An information evening is to be held tonight (Thursday). For further details, visit or call 01244 972222.