Teens in Care Need More Stability
To mark the current Foster Care Fortnight, The Fostering Network has highlighted the plight of teenagers in care. Their survey found that 40% of teenagers in foster care were already living with their third foster family.
Could You Foster a Child?
More families are needed to provide strong, stable homes for children across the UK. Jenna Eldrett
, our Associate Solicitor based in Bristol, commented on the figures:"Children in foster care have usually already had a difficult upbringing and so for them to move from home to home is hugely disruptive."
Some of the figures are truly shocking and show the extent of the problem:
- 25% of teenagers are living with their fourth family in care
- 5% of teenagers are living with their tenth family in care
- 29% of 5 to 10 year olds are currently living with at least their third family in care
- The country needs more than 8,000 foster carers to meet the rising demand
Children Need Security
The disruptive effects of moving a child who is in care from home to home can follow them all the way into their adult life. Not only does it disrupt any existing family conditions they may have with brothers or sisters, it takes them away from their schools and support systems.
Of the 63,000
children in care in the UK, more than 52,000
of them live with foster families and only 10% of them will be adopted
. This is why it is so important to raise awareness of how easy it is to become a foster parent or, if you have the means, to adopt a child.
As each year passes, more and more children go into the care system and are subsequently juggled around due to a lack of stable placements and a preference for some children over others.
At Simpson Millar LLP, we regularly represent children
who really need the security, safety and love of a family who will look after them for as long as they need to be cared for, whether they are able to return to their birth families or not.