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‘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.'More foster carers means that a fostering service can match the needs of each child more closely with the skills that each foster carer brings, allowing them to find the right home for each child, first time. That is why, this Foster Care Fortnight, The Fostering Network is calling for people to come forward to foster, particularly if they have the skills and experience to foster teenagers or sibling groups.
‘Seeing a young person enjoy their life, will forever leave an impact on mine. I suspect most teenagers seem “difficult” at some point – that is what makes them teenagers – but there is a sense of achievement when you see a young person’s life being transformed after a difficult beginning.People who have a spare room and think they have the relevant skills and experience to be able to look after fostered children, many of whom will have experienced trauma or neglect, can find out more at www.thefosteringnetwork.org.uk/couldyoufoster.
I would encourage anyone thinking about fostering to come forward because there are so many more teenagers out there who need a secure home environment to help them stabilise their lives and move forward.’