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On 31st March 2016 there were 43,680 children aged 10 years and over in foster care representing over 60% of all looked after children. This highlights the continued need to increase the number of foster carers available and prepared to care for teenagers or those approaching their teenage years. Many people won’t consider the idea of fostering teenagers because of the negative public image associated with them. They may be seen as aggressive, noisy and uncooperative. But a brash exterior often hides feeling of insecurity, fear and confusion. As a result of these misconceptions, many individuals who could provide a...

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Leaving home and setting out on a life path is daunting enough for any young person. For young people who have been in foster care, there is the extra stress and pressure of feeling that they do not have the family support that their non-fostered peers have. Being a care leaver may seem terrifying to them. In the UK, there are about 10,000 care leavers annually. The Care Leavers' Association definition of a care leaver is an adult who has spent time in foster or residential care, or in other arrangements outside their immediate or extended family before the age...

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Statistics indicate that the number of looked after children in the United Kingdom is on the rise. According to the report from the Department for Education on Children looked after in England for the year ending 31 March 2016, the number of looked after children continues to increase. At the end of March 2016, there was an increase of 1% over the previous year and 5% compared to 2012. Of the total of 70,440 looked after children at 31 March 2016, 51,850 (74%) were cared for in a foster placement. There is a change in the ages of children in...

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