THE second stage of a fostering network has launched in the town - and the council are calling for more carers to get involved.
 
The Mockingbird Family Model is a two-year funded project and since its launch in August, 17 foster carers have signed up.
 
It aims to improve fostering placements, whilst strengthening the relationships between young people, carers and birth families.
 
Barnsley Council is now recruiting foster carers to take part in the next phase of the model, and is particularly keen to recruit experienced carers, as well as those who are willing to care for older children.
 
Coun Margaret Bruff, cabinet spokesperson for children’s services, said: “We’re so pleased to see that the Mockingbird Family Model is continuing to be a success.
 
“It’s great to see the true Barnsley spirit of foster families coming together to provide safe and loving homes for children who need it most.
 
“A huge thank you to our foster carers who have provided a real sense of family in a time when we’ve all experienced an enormous change to our daily lives.
 
“We always need people to put themselves forward as foster carers to provide safe, stable and loving homes for local children.
 
“We currently have a number of older children aged ten to 18 who need long-term family placements.
 
“We’re also searching for families who can care for more than one child and older sibling groups so that brothers and sisters can be kept together.”
 
Anyone interested in getting involved can complete an online enquiry form or call 775876.