Ur­gent need for foster car­ers

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

I WAS thrilled to read that, on Fri­day, the Duchess of Cam­bridge helped shine the light on fos­ter­ing.

The Duchess was spe­cial guest at an event hosted by the Fos­ter­ing Net­work and Is­ling­ton Coun­cil. Ev­ery day in the UK, more than 63,000 chil­dren live with over 52,500 foster fam­i­lies. Right now there’s a need for at least 8,600 new foster fam­i­lies, par­tic­u­larly for teenagers, dis­abled chil­dren and sib­lings.

In Buck­ing­hamshire, we have more than 430 chil­dren in care, mainly in those groups. We don’t have enough foster car­ers, which means more than half are placed out­side the county.

We need peo­ple to come for­ward in Buck­ing­hamshire. Peo­ple can foster re­gard­less of whether they are sin­gle or mar­ried, from any eth­nic or re­li­gious back­ground, home­own­ers, renters or on ben­e­fits.

Fos­ter­ing is a spe­cial­ist ca­reer choice, where ex­cel­lent support, train­ing and a gen­er­ous al­lowance will be pro­vided. Con­tact the First Step Team at first­step@buckscc.gov. uk or on 0800 160 1900. For de­tails, visit www.buckscc.gov.uk/fos­ter­ing

The Duchess of Cam­bridge showed how much she cared about fos­ter­ing on Fri­day. Now it’s your turn.

LIN HAZELL Cab­i­net mem­ber for chil­dren’s

ser­vices, Buck­ing­hamshire County Coun­cil

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