THIRTY new foster carers are needed in Hillingdon.

The number of inquiries about becoming foster carers is increasing, but the council still needs more applicants, particularly from black and Asian communities and people able to foster teenagers and sibling groups.

"The increase in demand for foster carers is a national issue and one that we are working hard to address locally within Hillingdon’, said Cllr David Simmonds, Cabinet Member for Children and Education.

"Often people, especially those living in social housing, are reluctant to apply, for fear of being turned down. However the requirements to become a foster carer can be very different from what people expect.".

The council welcomes applications from anybody interested, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, religion or marital status.

Keith Ivey, a single man, didn’t think he would be eligible but now can't imagine not doing it.

"A friend who is a teacher got me involved," he said. "She said she and her husband were going to foster and suggested I should, too.

“It’s something you have to work at, but I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t enjoy it."

There is holding an information session at the Civic Centre on Tuesday, February 11, 6.30-8.30pm.

At least 8,600 new foster families are needed across the UK this year.