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Foster care – statistics snapshot

Around 64,000 children are currently living with nearly 55,000 foster families across the UK every day. Currently this is nearly 80% of the 81,000 children in care and who are away from home on any one particular day in the UK. These statistics create a picture of the care system in this country on just one day of the year: approximately 30,000 additional children come into care over a 12 month period. Broadly speaking, similar numbers leave the care system to return home. Some live with new adoptive families or move in with another family member, others may become subject to a special guardianship or move on into adult life.

 

The foster care situation in England.

• 53,420 children were in foster care on 31 March 2017.

• This is around (78%) or four-fifths of the 68,300 children in care currently being looked after away from home and family.

• There are approximately 44,625 foster families caring for young people in England.

• The Fostering Network , the leading fostering charity estimates there will be a need to recruit a further 5,900 foster families over the next 12 months.

 

 

The foster care situation in Scotland.

• 5,392 children were living in foster care on 31 July 2016.

• This is around (75%) or three-quarters of the 7,168 children in care currently being looked after away from home and family.

• There are approximately 4,500 foster families caring for young people in Scotland.

• The Fostering Network, the leading charity estimates there will be a need to recruit a further 640 foster families over the next 12 months.

 

The foster care situation in Wales.

• 4,264 children were living in foster care on 31 March 2016.

• This is around (85%) over four-fifths of the 5,037 children in care currently being looked after away from home and family.

• There are approximately 3,700 foster families caring for young people in Wales.

• The Fostering Network, the leading charity estimates that there will be a need to recruit a further 440 foster families over the next 12 months.

The foster care situation in Northern Ireland.

• 2,212 children were living in foster care on 31 March 2016.

• This is around (88%) or nine tenths of the 2,500 children in care currently being looked after away from home and family.

• There are approximately 2,095 foster families caring for young people in Northern Ireland.

• The Fostering Network, the leading charity estimates there will be a need to recruit a further 200 foster families over the next 12 months.

Why People make the decision to foster

People have many and varied reasons to decide to become carers. but there is one main reason: they really want to make a difference to a child’s life and prospects.

Sometimes people take many years thinking about whether they want to become a carer. After all it is one of the biggest decisions you can make in life.

Some are applicants are parents who feel they have done a good job with their own children and feel they have a lot still to give as role models for children in care.

Other people have never had children their own, but feel they have a lot to give: patience, time and love to give to youngsters who sadly are unable to live with their own families.

Quite a lot of foster families are so called ‘empty nesters’. These are families where the children have grown up and they miss having the fun and bustle that energetic young people bring into a household.

Whatever the reason, becoming a carer is one of the most rewarding experiences it’s possible to have. 

Please don’t forget our ‘Rainbow Rewards’ for carers

A generous bonus of £500 is available if you refer someone to be a carer with Rainbow. The bonus will be paid once your referral has been approved and the first placement made. Existing  carers transfer to Rainbow, can also qualify for our special bonus: note – note payment will be made for carers who are already caring for young people on a long-term basis.

And if you are considering being a carer for the first time – how to foster a child? What are carer requirements? How long does it take to become a carer? And

Foster care facts

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carer pay? These are just some of the many varied questions we are asked by people considering fostering. We have a dedicated recruitment – always happy to answer these, or any other questions you might have. We are now eager to find people who want to make a difference by providing stable homes for vulnerable youngsters. So, if you are interested in fostering babies, fostering children or teenagers please call us on 020 8427 3355 today.

And the good news at the end of this particular rainbow…more birthdays to celebrate this October for our children – Birthday Greetings from everyone here at Rainbow!

Rainbow News – keeping you right up to date if you are a carer…

Foster carer recruitment under the spotlight

October 2nd, 2017

The leading fostering charity, The Fostering Network, currently estimates that around 7,000 new fostering families are needed in the next year to cope with a shortfall. It is challenging finding people to step forward and care for children – earlier this month ‘Action for Children’ released a report that indicated 85% of adults in the UK showed little or no interest in fostering (for more) http://rainbowfostering.co.uk/round-up-latest-news

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