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Urgent Need for New Foster Families

New released figures have highlighted the urgent requirement for more foster families across the UK, and in particular for families willing to offer homes to teenagers and sibling groups.

According to the figures from fostering charity The Fostering Network, 8,100 families are needed across the UK (6,800 in England, 550 in Scotland, 550 in Wales, and 200 in Northern Ireland).

Without more foster families coming forward during 2018, and especially those who could foster teenagers and sibling groups, some children will find themselves living a long way from their family, school and friends, being split up from brothers and sisters, or being placed with a foster carer who might not have the right skills and experience to meet their specific needs, warns the charity.

More foster families means that a fostering service can match the needs of each child more closely with the skills and experience that each foster carer brings, allowing them to find the right home for each child, first time, and to improve stability for fostered children.

“Foster carers do something amazing on behalf of our society,” explained Kevin Williams, chief executive of The Fostering Network. “Across the UK a child comes into care in need of a foster family every 20 minutes, and thousands of foster families are willing to open their hearts and homes to these children, often offering them their first experience of a stable, secure and caring home.”

“Looking after fostered children, many of whom who have experienced trauma, abuse or neglect, can be challenging,” he added. “But it is that challenge, along with the reward of seeing these children and young people flourish, that many foster carers say makes them proud to foster.”

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