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Foster Care: Who Needs It?

Why foster care is important?

Small children, babies and teenagers all need foster care when they are unable to live with their birth families for any reason for a certain amount of time. The problems can range from domestic violence and abusive parents to neglecting behavior. When the decision regarding a child’s foster care needs to be taken, the local authorities (in England, Scotland and Wales) become responsible for the care of the child. Foster children ages range from birth (newly born) to 18 years of age.

Read the complete article to learn who needs foster care!

Children can be fostered from birth, right up until their 18th birthday. Legislation now exists in each of England, Scotland and Wales that supports young people to stay with their former foster carer up until the age of 21, while young people in education, employment or training can also stay with foster families in Northern Ireland.

There are many different types of fostering and each fostering service will need to recruit foster carers from a variety of backgrounds to meet the needs of local children in care.

Around two-fifths of the children in care are aged 11 to 15 years; finding foster carers for teenagers is a key priority for a number of fostering services in the UK. Other fostering services will need foster carers to care for children with specific learning difficulties and disabilities, young parents and their babies, as well as groups of brothers and sisters and unaccompanied asylum seeking children. The Fostering Network estimate 9,070 new foster carers are needed across the UK this year alone.

The complete article can be accessed via the following link:

https://www.thefosteringnetwork.org.uk/advice-information/could-you-foster/who-needs-fostering

 

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Posted on 12 June 2016

Posted in Advice for young people / Becoming a foster carer / Becoming a foster carer

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