Children may find themselves in care for many different reasons. It may be that their parent is suffering from a short-term illness or there may be a temporary situation within the family that has resulted in them needing care outside the home.
Fostering can offer children and young people a safe and caring environment, while they are unable to live with their family and while the local authority works with the family to resolve the situation.
Not all children are able to return to the family home and in this instance the local authority becomes the corporate parent who take on the responsibility to find them a safe and stable home – this could be adoption or may be fostering.
Foster carers are approved and trained to look after children and young people who find themselves in this situation.
As of the March 2019, there were 56,160 children who were living with foster families - this is 72 per cent of the 78,150 children in care looked after away from home (Department for Education, 2018). There are around 44,450 foster families in England and every year thousands of new foster families are needed in England.
Could you foster?
It’s estimated that a further 8,000 foster families are required to help vulnerable children and young people. Contact us today, to find out more about fostering or becoming a foster carer.
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