Eight out of ten people have never considered fostering according to a poll by children’s charity Barnardo’s.
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“I’ve got the family I’ve always wanted. It’s definitely the best thing that could have happened” - Lauren, 18, fostered through Barnardo’s.
18-24 January 2010 is Barnardo’s Fostering and Adoption Week. You can make a huge difference to a child’s life by fostering or adopting with Barnardo’s.
With a national shortage of 10,000 foster carers and applications for children to be taken into care on the rise since the death of baby Peter, the UK’s largest children’s charity is calling for the Government to invest urgently in a recruitment drive for foster carers.
Speaking on the first day of Barnardo’s Fostering and Adoption Week 2010 (18 – 24 January), chief executive Martin Narey said:
“Persistent, chronic child neglect and maltreatment is not uncommon in the UK and the rise in the number of care applications since the death of baby Peter shows an encouraging change of awareness.
We must continue to support social workers to intervene early when they feel a child is at risk. The increase in referrals is resulting in an urgent call on expenditure, and the Government must find the funds.
“The huge shortfall of foster carers amounts to a crisis as it is vital that stable and secure foster placements are available. The Government needs to invest urgently in a hard-hitting national recruitment drive for foster carers, it is past overdue.”