PEOPLE across North Yorkshire are encouraged to consider offering their care and support to a vulnerable teenager in 2015.

North Yorkshire County Council’s fostering service is launching a new campaign to obtain more placements for teenagers in supportive, loving homes.

It says few foster carers consider a teenage placement, despite the fact that those who do so talk about how rewarding the experience of supporting a young person as they move towards adulthood can be.

Steph Spaven, 21, chairwoman of North Yorkshire’s Young People’s Council, said: “If a foster placement had not been found for me, it’s most likely I would have gone into a residential care home or even supported housing,” she said.

“By becoming fostered and living in a family environment, it allowed me to have the support I needed to reach my full potential and be accepted into university.”