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Harrow Borough Council calls for Asian foster carers
Members of the Asian community are being called onto become foster carers.
Harrow Borough Council says there is a need for foster parents to look after Asian children in the community.
Currently 19 per cent of children in foster care in Harrow are Asian, compared with only 6.7 per cent of carers.
The council says it likes to place children with families from the same ethnic background and religion where it can.
Sejal Barot, 38, currently fosters two children in Harrow and has been fostering for four and a half years.
She said: "I knew nothing about fostering before I first heard about it and decided I wanted to do it.
“My friends and family were shocked when I first told them I was a foster carer. They were very curious and asked lots of questions.
“I think it would be great to see a lot more Asian people become foster carers, as it is very rewarding and you are doing a great thing to help a child.”
The council has also emphasised that it is still in need of foster carers from all backgrounds to provide a caring home for children who are in need.
There is also currently a need for people willing to look after siblings and also take mother and baby placements.
Each carer gets a dedicated social worker to for support and each receives a weekly payment.
To find out more about becoming a foster carer people can go to www.harrow.gov.uk/fostering
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