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Could You Foster a Child?

17 December 2021

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With more children coming into care in Suffolk every year, the need for foster carers to come forward has never been greater.

In the last five years, there has been a 13% increase in the number of children coming into care in Suffolk. In the year 2016/2017 there were 834 children in care compared to 919 in 2020/2021. Nationally this figure is also rising quickly and the total number of children in care is expected to hit 100,000 by 2025. 

Whilst we’re witnessing a steady growth in children in care, the number of foster carers being recruited is not keeping pace. 

In Suffolk we have started to see a reduction in local children coming into care but overall, the numbers of children in care are still increasing. This rise of children in care is partly due to the increase in unaccompanied Asylum-seeking children being accommodated as part of the Home Office’s national transfer scheme. Children and young people are also staying in care longer as Suffolk County Council are seeking long term solutions for children and there have been delays in the family courts process due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Suffolk Fostering Service is therefore renewing its appeal for people to come forward if they think they could provide a child in care with a safe and loving home – whether this is in a full time or part time capacity to fit around other commitments. 

Councillor Stephen Burroughes, Deputy Cabinet Member with responsibility for Fostering and Adoption said: 

“Foster carers play a huge role in the lives of children and young people in their care. We have some wonderful families in Suffolk who’ve committed much of their time to support young people in need – but we still need more people who can provide a safe and loving family home to come forward. 

“Children in need of foster carers are some of the most vulnerable members of our society and helping them grow into successful, confident and resilient young adults can be hugely rewarding.”  

“Foster carers are able to fit work or other commitments around the care they provide and are also paid generous fees and allowances and supported around the clock by a dedicated team of professionals. So, if you’re looking for a more rewarding career and can offer a Suffolk child a loving and secure home, please get in touch with the Suffolk Fostering team.”  

Suffolk Fostering Service is Ofsted Outstanding rated and is the longest established provider of fostering services in the county, offering competitive fees, 24-hour support services and up to 21 days paid leave per year.  

If you are looking for a new challenge or career and think you could become a carer please request a free pack at www.suffolk.gov.uk/foster or call 01473 264800