PARENTS in Worcester who have seen their children leave home for university are being encouraged to consider becoming a foster carer.

Worcestershire-based Foster Care Associates says this stage in life could be an ideal opportunity for parents to consider fostering - turning “empty nest syndrome” into a positive experience, as well as making a huge difference to a young person’s life.

An estimated 8,370 new foster carers are needed in 2015 and FCA is keen to hear from experienced parents who may find that they now have the extra time and room to offer a secure and loving home to a young person in need.

David Oldham, chief executive officer of the company, said: “Becoming a foster carer takes resilience, patience and understanding, something that parents of older teenagers have in spades, along with a wealth of life experience.

“Although some parents view their children leaving home as a liberating time, many find it hard to suddenly have no children at home who need their care, and have a difficult time adjusting to an empty home – this is why we’d urge people to consider fostering."

For those parents who are only able to provide care during term time, Foster Care Associates offers short-term fostering placements for children and young people who require temporary care.

For more information on becoming a foster carer with the firm call 0800 0224012 or visit