Dis­pelling the fos­ter­ing myths

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

IT re­mains a real source of con­cern to me that more than 50 per cent of chil­dren in care in Buck­ing­hamshire have to be placed with fam­i­lies out­side this county, as we don’t have enough foster car­ers.

You have prob­a­bly heard this mes­sage be­fore from me, but as we en­ter Foster Care Fort­night, which runs from June 1-14, I want to en­sure any­one think­ing about fos­ter­ing is en­cour­aged to make that call to­day.

There are so many myths about fos­ter­ing, which means peo­ple rule them­selves out un­nec­es­sar­ily. Peo­ple quite of­ten think they can’t foster if they are sin­gle, re­li­gious, in a same sex re­la­tion­ship, in rented ac­com­mo­da­tion, on benefits or have their own chil­dren. None of th­ese is true. If you are pas­sion­ate about mak­ing a real dif­fer­ence to a child,

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