HSC NI Foster Care is urgently looking for people within the Western area who want to make a difference to the lives of children and young people to consider becoming foster carers.

The Western area currently has the highest number of children living in care (712) that it has ever seen, and there are simply not enough foster carers as numbers continue to grow.

More foster carers are needed so that children can be placed with families where they can be safe, nurtured and loved.

The fostering team is currently recruiting for all types of foster carers as part of their ‘Life’s a Journey – Could you be a part of mine?' campaign.

As part of the campaign, an information event is being held at Enniskillen Castle on Wednesday, April 10, running from 7.30pm to 9pm.

Another event will be held at Omagh Fire Station on  Thursday, April 11 from 7.30pm to 9pm.

A Western Trust spokesperson said: "There are many ways that you can make a difference to a child’s life through fostering. There are lots of ways you can help, depending on your lifestyle and circumstances.

"Whether you can offer a child a loving home for the short or long term, or provide short breaks both for planned and emergency situations, you can make a valuable impact on a child’s life.

"Foster carers tell us that it is both rewarding and fulfilling to see a child grow and develop, with the knowledge that the care and love they have provided, in whatever capacity, has made a positive contribution in a child’s journey through life."