I am backing the call for people to come forward and make their connection with fostering during The Fostering Network’s annual Foster Care Fortnight campaign.
This year alone, 8,370 new foster carers are needed right across the UK to ensure that the rising number of children coming into care can have the best chance of finding a loving foster family who can not only meet their needs, but help them build a positive future.
Over 63,000 children live with almost 55,000 foster families across the UK each day. There is a particular need for foster carers to look after teenagers, disabled children and sibling groups, with the need for more foster carers meaning that children may end up far from home, be split up from brothers and sisters or lose touch with family and friends.
All children are unique, so we need a diverse foster carer population to provide the best home to help each individual child flourish and fulfil their potential.