Foster carer shortage hits one in five Welsh children in care

    A shortage of foster carers in Wales has risen seven per cent
    since 2002, causing one in five children in public care to be moved
    three or more times a year, according to the Fostering Network
    (FN), writes Shirley Kumar.

    Councils are also forced to place children outside of their local
    authority border, causing major disruption to their lives. Wales is
    now short of 750 foster carers.

    FN spokesperson said: “The whole aim of fostering is to get
    children back to their homes.

    “We would like to think councils do talk to each other but in
    reality that is not always the case, therefore a child can arrive
    in a new area, not have a place secured at a school as well as
    being far away from family and friends and that is very
    disruptive.”

    The shortage in Northern Ireland has remained the same since 2002
    at 350.

    The FN said the problem will not improve unless carers receive an
    allowance that covers the entire cost of fostering. Last month the
    Fostering Network found the shortage in England had topped 8,200, a
    35 per cent rise since 2002.

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