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There is always a need for more foster carers in general and for foster carers from diverse cultures. Before going into the reasons why, let’s take a look at some of the recent statistics from the UK government regarding fostering. The 2017 statistics are still being compiled so the report on the numbers from April 1 2016 to March 31 2017 is not yet available. We can take a peek at the numbers for the previous year, which are a reasonably accurate representation of the current status. During the year ending 31 March 2016, there was a one-third drop in the...

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If you have ever considered being a foster carer, you might be concerned about what it would be like to have a new child or young person in your home. You may not know the details about the child, at least not immediately, but you do know that the child has suffered a traumatic experience. Once you learn about fostering and discuss foster care with a fostering agency and other foster carers, you will become more comfortable with the expectations of fostering. You will also learn that you are part of a team that has experience, skills, knowledge, and support...

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Did you know that there is a condition that often affects parents and carers called “Empty Nest Syndrome”? It occurs when children have grown up to the point of becoming adults and “leave the nest” to begin their own independent lives. Sometimes this will be when they leave home to go off to college or university and sometimes it happens when they move into a place of their own for the first time. It can be a strange time of really mixed emotions. You feel proud that you have successfully brought your children to this stage in their lives but...

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