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If you are already a foster carer, you have been through the process of deciding to enter into this challenging and rewarding career. For many carers, the first step in thinking about becoming a foster carer involved talking to your friends and family about the idea. After that, you approached an independent fostering agency or your local authority to find out what was involved in foster care. Maybe you realised it at the time, but it is possible that you didn’t, that one of the things that should be considered when becoming a foster carer is choosing which fostering agency...

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We know that each child comes into foster care with complex and different needs and we strive to help these vulnerable, traumatised children and young people to grow and develop their individual potential. A great deal of time and effort is put into finding ways to achieve this. If you consider the circumstances of the child or young person’s life that led him or her to being placed in care, it is easy to understand any emotional turmoil or difficult behaviour that the young person might have. In the past, the local Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) provided specialist...

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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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