WORCESTERSHIRE County Council is celebrating the launch of Foster Care Fortnight by asking the question, Guess who fosters?

The council has launched a campaign to dispel the myths surrounding people who foster throughout the county as the fortnight kicks off today (Monday).

People from a mix of backgrounds put themselves forward as a foster carer along with people in full time jobs.

Councillor Liz Eyre Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Children and Families, said: "Every year 12 per cent of foster carers leave the service due to retirement or to pursue other avenues of work and so there is a constant need to recruit new foster carers.

"Together with a rise in the number of children coming into care, this means we are calling on the people of Worcestershire to come forward and see if they can foster.

“What really matters is that someone has the commitment, skills and ability to look after children separated from their own families, and to offer them a stable and secure home.

"Worcestershire County Council offers financial support to carers to enable them to undertake this important role".

During Foster Care Fortnight, which is being headed up by charity the Fostering Network, the council's fostering service will be hosting a number of drop-in events for people who are interested in fostering to meet existing foster carers and staff and ask questions.

The first drop-in will be at The Hive today from 5pm to 7pm then a further event will take place at

Pershore Town Hall on Saturday, May 24 from10am to 12.30pm.

For more information, visit isfostering4me.co.uk or call 0800 028 2158 for a full information pack.