A two-week focussed campaign has put out a call for more foster carers as research reveals some teens are living with their 10th family.
Lincolnshire County Council (LCC) has joined a number of organisations in promoting the Foster Care Fortnight from Monday, June 1, until Sunday, June 14.
Research by the Fostering Network, covering more than 1,600 fostered children and young people across the UK, found more than a quarter of fostered teenagers are living with at least their fourth family in care, 17 per cent are living with at least their fifth while five per cent are living with at least their 10th.
LCC’s team manager for Fostering and Adoption Recruitment, Lizette Watts, said: “We are supportive of the Fostering Network campaign and are running our own awareness campaign in line with the national one.
“There have been two very specific events organised based on ‘An evening with Foster Carers’ whereby various foster carers present their experiences of fostering and allow individuals considering fostering to come along, listen and ask questions. These events will also be supported by radio adverts and social media to raise overall awareness.”
Jackie Sanders, director of The Fostering Network, said: “As each year passes, we see more and more children coming into care.
“We need people who can open their heart, and their homes, to vulnerable children and young people and use their skills to help support them.
“In particular we need people who have the skills, patience and passion to look after teenagers who may have had a really tough time and to offer them love, stability and security.”
In Lincolnshire, more than 600 children are looked after by foster carers.
○ There are almost 360 fostering households, with 30 more needed in 2015.
○ Carers are needed to look after sibling groups, children and young people who have been remanded to authority care, in long-term placements or with additional needs.
○ Nearly 22.5 per cent of foster carers in Lincolnshire are single carers.
○ There are five same-sex couples working and fostering in Lincolnshire.
For more details visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/parents/caring-for-children/adoption-and-fostering