As of March this year, there are 68,110 children in the care of local authorities in England, compared to 67,080 last year, a figure far higher than the number of children in care in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. It’s a social problem that continues to grow unabated. Currently, there are only 60 carers per 10,000 children.
It’s a complex social issue that needs to be addressed urgently. With the number of children who require supportive environments growing incrementally each year, future societal problems also increase with each child that goes without a caring home.
Your help is urgently needed; what a lot of people don’t realise is that being a foster carer can be an extremely fulfilling and rewarding thing to do. You can find out more about the role online.
What is the role of a foster carer?
A foster carer plays a significant role in the support system of providing care services to children who live away from their original family, because that family may not be able to provide a safe and supportive environment. If the children’s basic needs aren’t being met, they will require a home that can provide this environment.
As a foster carer, your role will be to provide the child with a healthy and positive environment in a family home on a temporary basis, for as long as the child needs. The child’s time with you will end when the child can be reunited with his or her original family, or when the child can safely move on.
Why should you care?
If you believe that every child has a right to reach their potential, as well as the right to have a safe, caring environment in their formative years, foster care is something that would interest you on a personal and social basis. The maxim that ‘children are the future’ doesn't just apply to those who are fortunate enough to have caring and supportive families: it applies to all children, regardless of their backgrounds.
Every child deserves the right kind of welfare, and foster caring is a vital part of reinforcing our conception of a caring, supportive society: foster carers are just as important as teachers and doctors in this respect.
Looking at the figures, it’s clear that this is a problem that’s not going to go away for years to come. If you have the time, the space and the desire to help young people for a better future, fostering is something you should look into. The personal benefits and fulfilment of being a foster carer are many, particularly if you already have children of your own: taking in a foster child will give your children lifelong lessons in empathy and social responsibility.
Source - www.baaf.org.uk/res/statengland
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