What We’ve Learned and Why We Need Foster Carers
Now that we’re in the swing of things in 2015, we hope to point out how important it is for us to recruit foster carers this year. We intend to see as many vulnerable children taken into care as possible – but there is still plenty to be done with that in mind. So it made sense for us to look back at some discussions from 2014, and see what we can take forward to make this year even better than the last.
Unfortunately, the problem does come down to numbers: there’s a glaring shortage of carers nationwide, with demand easily dwarfing supply. This means there is an urgent need for almost 9,000 foster carers if we, as a nation, are going to properly care for every child in need.
The figures break down as follows:
- England needs to add over 7,300 more foster families
- Scotland is short of 850 families
- 600 are needed in Wales
- while Northern Ireland is short of 200
Flexibility is Needed
In light of the numbers, having more potential foster carers on call is an important step closer to having flexibility regarding not only placements, as well as greater placement stability for the children concerned.
We’ve previously looked at why multiple placement options are an ideal approach when making arrangements for foster children. As much as possible, this kind of contingency would be ideal in case a placement goes wrong. In spite of the best efforts of any fostering agency, placements occasionally don’t work out.
The Crucial Chance
You could be the adult or role model in their life to make all the difference to their future!
We’ve previously highlighted how vulnerable young foster children have come a very long way, and without fail, their foster parents played a pivotal role in each case. As examples, just take Declan Rose, a documentary filmmaker focusing on fostering, and the inspiring story of Doreen Beattie – Cumbria’s Woman of the Year for her incredible record as a carer.
What have we missed out? Are there any lessons you think we should really be taking forward?
If you’ve been inspired, tell us! No matter if you’ve read widely or are just embarking on a foster journey of your own, find out about some more amazing people we’ve worked with, or get in touch with us directly.