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Volunteers offer foster support

More than 20 people have responded to an urgent appeal for foster carers in Guernsey after the States revealed there was a shortage crisis last week.

They volunteered after a warning that children could be sent off the island if more carers were not found soon.

There are up to 70 children on the fostering register locally and there is a day-to-day shortage of between 10 and 15 carers needed to look after them.

The Fostering and Adoption Team are still looking for more volunteers.

People who are single, work full time or live in rented accommodation are all eligible to apply to become carers.

It can take up to six months before people are cleared to join the foster carers' register.

Anyone who is interested in learning more about becoming a foster carer should contact the Fostering and Adoption Team on 01481 713230.



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