The Fostering Network, the UK’s leading fostering charity, stated recently that a further 6,000 foster carers will be needed over the next twelve months across England to meet the rising demand for placements, whilst an additional 440 carers in Wales will also be required.
Fostering Network said that there is particularly a need for foster carers who can look after brothers and sisters, teenagers and children with disabilities. Unfortunately a recent report by Action for Children showed 85% of adults surveyed showed little or no interest in becoming foster carers.
Kevin Williams, chief executive of The Fostering Network said: “A child comes into care in need of a foster family every 20 minutes in the UK. Without more foster families coming forward during 2017, and especially people who could foster teenagers and siblings, 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.” The Fostering Network do however say that this isn’t the cause for alarm that it may appear, and that they key is for fostering agency’s to identify the right people to become foster carers.
We at SFS are constantly on the lookout for new carers to join our team and we hold regular recruitment and information days in order to raise awareness. The next information day will be on the 9th November at our Northfleet office 9am-5pm.
For more information about the report visit The Fostering Network.