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Number of children in foster care has risen

Release Date: 26 Sep 2013

The Department of Education’s annual ‘Children looked after by local authorities’ report published today shows that the number of children in foster care has increased by 3% year on year to over 68,000 children.

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Sam Monaghan, director of children’s services, Barnardo’s, said:

“The number of children in foster care has risen for the 7th consecutive year. Without a permanent foster family, these children are missing out on the care and stability they so desperately need.

“Barnardo’s has been finding foster homes for children since 1887 and we believe every child has the right to a happy childhood. We view our relationships with our foster carers as partnerships, offering continued support, training and advice for as long as it is needed.

“Our foster carers tell us that fostering changes and enriches their lives as well as the children in their care. Please consider fostering, contact Barnardo’s to find out more.”

Barnardo’s is actively recruiting foster carers. Could you foster?

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