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More foster carers needed across the UK

New figures from the Fostering Network show that at least 9,000 new foster families are needed across the UK during 2013 to look after the record numbers of children in care who need to be fostered.

On any one day, there is now a record 61,700 children living with foster families, with thousands more coming in and out of care throughout the year.

More foster families are needed to replace the 13% of the workforce who retire or leave every year. These figures show the scale of the challenge facing fostering services as they struggle to provide the right foster homes for all the children who need them.

Robert Tapsfield, chief executive of the Fostering Network, said:

“Despite fostering services attracting more people to become foster carers, the continuing rise of children coming into care means thousands more are still needed this year alone. In particular we know that fostering services are looking for foster carers to offer homes to teenagers, children with disabilities and sibling groups.

“These children need a stable family life to help them grow and achieve their potential. By becoming a foster carer people can help them have the best possible opportunity for a positive future, to do well at school and be successful in later life.”

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