Put your spare room to good use and give a local child a forever home is the message from a former foster child.

23-year-old Isobelle from Stafford spent 4 of her teenage years living with her foster carers David and Kelly Hyden

Now the mum of two is urging Staffordshire families to put their spare room to good use to help give children in care a loving home.

Isobelle is backing Staffordshire County Council’s latest fostering campaign to help recruit 60 more families this year.

Isobelle said: “My foster carers were great and supported me throughout my teenage years. They encouraged me with my school work, friendships and helped build up my confidence. Even though I’ve got my own young family now, I still visit them, and they are always there for me if I need anything.

Anyone interested in becoming a foster carer with Staffordshire County Council can find out more at www.care4child.org/spareroom or by calling 0800 169 2061.

People are also welcome to attend the next fostering information event on Thursday 28 February, at 7pm at Staffordshire Place 1, Tipping Street, Stafford.