Somerset residents have the opportunity to change vulnerable children's futures through fostering.

A new short film from Somerset Council’s Fostering Service, 'Willow’s Story', spotlights the role of foster carers in a child's life, saying "you can change a child's story".

With more than 580 Somerset children currently in care and only 152 in-house foster carers, the Council urgently requires more families and individuals to foster.

In September 2023, around 300 children aged 13 to 17 were in care across Somerset.

A stable foster home within the community not only improves these children’s outcomes but significantly reduces cost for Somerset Council by minimising high-cost external placements.

For more information, visit the fostering in Somerset website or call Somerset Council’s Fostering Service.

Foster carers receive payment, comprehensive training, and support, and experience isn't required, only compassion, resilience, and spare time to support a potentially traumatised young person.

Cllr Heather Shearer, lead member for children, families, and education, said: "Let’s work together to ensure Somerset children stay in Somerset.

"We’re seeking people who want to start the year with purpose, and who can make a difference close to home by becoming a foster carer, to give local children the love and support they deserve."