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Money Box Live: Fostering

How much financial support is available for foster carers looking after children in need? What help is there if you can't afford the bills and the extras needed for the child?

How much financial support is available for foster carers looking after children in need?

Around 65,000 children live with foster families across the UK. Foster carers provide a safe and stable place for them to live when they can't live with their families. It may be for a few days or even for their entire childhood. But as a foster carer, what help is there if your finances don’t cover the bills and the extras needed?

Paul Lewis and a panel of experts will be taking your calls and hearing your experiences of fostering.

Guests: Jackie Sanders, Fostering Network
Harvey Gallagher, Nationwide Association of Fostering Providers
Paul Kind, Professor of Health Outcome Measurement, Leeds University

If you'd like to share your stories, contact the Money Box team. The number to call is 03 700 100 444, geographic charges apply. The lines open at 1pm on Wednesday 4 December. Or email moneybox@bbc.co.uk or tweet @moneybox

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