Call You and Yours: More foster carers needed in the UK
On tomorrow's Call You & Yours..there's an urgent need for more foster carers across the UK, that's according to new research from the Fostering Network. Across the UK, a child comes into care and needs a foster family every 22 minutes. The Fostering Network estimates that an extra 8,750 foster families are needed in 2012 alone. And last week it was announced as part of the Queens Speech that a wide ranging Children and Families Bill will address issues to do with adoption and fostering. The aim of the Bill will be to speed up the process and make things like race considerations a lower priority than finding a home for children.
Why is it still taking so long to have children fostered in the UK?
We'd like to hear your thoughts tomorrow on the current system of fostering...how it works, what the obstacles are, what would improve it. If you've experience of the sector, either as a parent, as someone who's been fostered, or as someone trying to make the process work in the best interests of all those involved..give us a call. 03700 100 400 is the phone number, or you can e-mail via the Radio 4 website.
Presented by Julian Worricker
Produced by Maire Devine.