With the shortage of foster carers becoming ever more acute across the UK, it will be interesting to keep track of the efforts that are being made to alleviate the situation. The shortages make the headlines but within fostering, there are issues that militate against successful outcomes for children placed in care. The Charity ‘Action for Children’ recently reported that one in four foster children have had to move home two or more times within the past year. This information came to light following a Freedom of Information request submitted by the charity. The figures are depressing given that stability is so important in relation to successful fostering outcomes.
The charity is running an appeal whose aim is to identify the best homes for vulnerable children and the message is centred on finding those foster parents who will for the children in their care, be prepared to “stick with them through thick and thin”.
The director of children’s placements at the charity, John Downing, said while it was “appropriate” to move a child in care, behaviour could also play a part in causing placements to “break down”.
At Rainbow Fostering Agency we would support any move from any organisation geared toward maximising the longevity of placements. We place particular emphasis upon strategies for resilience in our Rainbow fostering training programmes.