For most children their Christmas lists will consist of the latest gadgets, games and toys. But for many children in care, all they’ll be asking for is a loving family.

Now, as part of its Christmas campaign to highlight the urgent need for foster families, Staffordshire County Council’s fostering service has set out to bust some of the commonly held myths putting people off.

Titled ‘The 12 Myths of Fostering’, and building on the success of a previous campaign, a series of 12 short cartoons will air online in the run up to Christmas.

People can view the videos each day on social media and are being encouraged to share them with friends and family.

Mark Sutton, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People at Staffordshire County Council said:

“Christmas can be a really emotional and unsettling time of year for young people in care, so it’s a good time to remind people of the positive difference they can make as a foster carer.”

“We know there are lots of Myths about who can foster out there, but most of them are untrue. For example, People think you need to be married, own your own home and you can’t own a pet, all of which are false.”

“That’s why, in the run up to Christmas we’ll be busting those myths as part of our latest campaign to spread the message about the need for more foster carers. You can support the campaign by liking and sharing our posts on our social media channels and the more people we can reach the better.”

People can view Myth No. 1 at

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