A news article on the Fostering Network’s website highlights fostering targets for 2015.
Published on the 5th of February 2015, it sets out that 8,370 new foster families are needed across the UK to “to provide stable, secure and loving homes for record numbers of fostered children”.
In particular, more foster families are needed for children with disabilities, sibling groups and for teenagers.
Naturally, foster carers are retiring and others are leaving fostering for various reasons, whilst there are always new carers signing up and starting off, the number of children getting into care is rising. Part of the problem is that current carers aren’t being utilised to their fullest, and effectively. For example, if a potential foster carer becomes a foster carer, who is better suited to caring for a mother and baby placement, for instance, then this leaves others who are less capable of taking in this particular placement to then be able to take on a placement that would suit them better. This is of course, a simple example, but nevertheless demonstrates that somebody becoming a foster carer doesn’t just reduce the amount of new carers needed. It also gives the fostering service, or fostering agency, more of a chance to work more efficiently in matching up ideal carers for children and young people, resulting in fewer failed placements.
The article also points out some facts from the previous years;
- 39,600 of the young people in care in England were aged 10 or older
- 5,595 children with disabilities were living with foster carers
- 1,520 siblings from 535 fostered sibling groups in England were separated, where the aim was for them to live together
- 7,190 children who were fostered were placed over 20 miles from their home
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Source: The Fostering Network – https://www.fostering.net/node/4041#.VOynxXVtN5Q