Today, over 65,000 children are living with almost 55,000 foster families. The Fostering Network estimates that a further 8,100 foster families are needed in the next 12 months alone, in order to ensure all fostered children can live with the right family for them.
With record numbers of children in care and around 13 per cent of the foster carer workforce retiring or leaving every year, The Fostering Network estimates that fostering services across the UK need to recruit at least a further 8,100 foster families in the next 12 months alone. There is a particular need for foster carers to look after teenagers and sibling groups.
This translates to us needing to recruit 1240 new fostering households in the North West.
Blackburn with Darwen have set a target of 20 new fostering households for the 2019-2020 financial year.
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