16/01/2012 16:56 GMT

Nicola Roberts Gets Behind Barnardo's Fostering & Adoption Week Campaign

Girls Aloud's Nicola Roberts has thrown her weight behind a Barnardo's campaign to place more homeless children with foster parents.

As part of the charity's Fostering & Adoption Week, the singer has called for more people to help older children without families who are normally less likely to be adopted.

Nicola - who became an ambassador for the children's charity last year - has spoken of the shortage of carers for those between the ages of 10 and 18 in an exclusive blog for us.

"When people think about children in care they generally think of babies and toddlers," she said.

"But what many of us forget is that children can be in care up to the age of 18. And what many people also may not know is that there is a real shortage of carers for older children."

Barnardo's are hoping to find 9,000 new foster families over the next year and Nicola says she has been left heartbroken hearing the situations some of the children find themselves in.

"I often leave my Barnardo's visits shaking my head because no young person should have to deal with what these kids deal with. It breaks my heart when I hear their stories."

To find out more about Fostering & Adoption week or if you are interested in taking in a child, call 08000 277 280 or you go to the Barnardo's website.