Could you give a child a home in the new year?

Wakefield Council needs more people to become foster carers or adopt.

The council is looking for people to provide loving homes for babies and children who cannot be cared for by their birth family.

Foster carers provide a home to a baby, child or young person in the short or long term, and the length of stay can vary.

Adoption is a lifelong commitment.

In the Wakefield district, there are 12 children including siblings – aged up to eight-and-a-half years old – waiting for to be adopted.

Coun Olivia Rowley, cabinet member for children and young people, said: “We have children who need to be adopted and others who need foster care.

“So I would urge anyone who believes they may be suitable to get in touch as soon as possible.”

The adoption and fostering team is looking for people aged over 21, they can be single or a couple who want to start or add to their family through adoption.

They need people with patience, energy and flexibility and the ability to provide a loving and secure home for a child.

Visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/mynewfamily or call 0800 1970320.