Urgent need for foster carers
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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