Thursday, 14 February 2013

Fostering – a continuing crisis

Every year – sometimes more often – the Fostering Network very rightly reminds us about the chronic shortage of foster parents in Britain. 

This year Robert Tapsfield, the chief executive of the Fostering Network, tells us that despite fostering services attracting more people to become foster carers, the continuing rise of children coming into care means about nine thousand more foster families are still required.

Someone in government needs to get a grip on this problem. Rather than sitting back and allowing matters to drift, there needs to be a clear strategy and concerted action.