PLEASE would you allow a little space during Foster Care Fortnight (May 8-21) to mention people who are too often forgotten – children in care and the foster carers who do an astonishing job in transforming their lives.

Whilst we cannot tell you the names or show you pictures of the many children in care in this county, we can confirm that their numbers are increasing, and that the number of foster carers is not keeping pace.

We would therefore appeal to your readers to come forward.

Almost anyone can apply to foster, provided they are aged over 25 and in generally good health.

At Community Foster Care (a not-for-profit agency), we provide free training for carers and 24-hour support every step of the way, as well as an allowance to cover the cost of looking after the children in their care.

There are currently more than 500 children in care in Gloucestershire – children who, through no fault of their own, need support, understanding and a safe place to be at a difficult time in their young lives.

Foster carers make a huge difference to their life chances, offering them the kind of stability they may have never known before, and enabling them to develop and grow.

It can be a hugely rewarding role and a life-changing experience – and hopefully one which many of your readers might wish to try.

Matthew Roberts

Chief executive Community Foster Care, Gloucestershire