Foster Care Good Job For Someone Else Crisis Risks Being
Tuesday, 18 May 2010
The fostering crisis in the UK faces being brushed under the carpet by a generation which agrees it is a vital service but would never consider becoming a carer themselves.
There are currently almost 45,000 foster families across the UK - yet it is estimated that almost 10,000 more are needed.
And while almost everybody agrees that fostering is both an essential part of society and an exceedingly rewarding job, only one in five claim they would even consider becoming a foster parent themselves at any point in the future.
Sue Hamilton, founder of modus, said: "It is a sad truth that high profile child protection cases highlight the need for some children to live in alternative situations to that which is provided by their families..
"At the same time, partly as a result of the recession, fewer and fewer people are coming forward to become foster parents - leaving a huge gap in the care we, as a society, can provide to our children and young people.
"This survey shows that while we all think that fostering is hugely important, we all think that it's a job that somebody else will do."
In a survey of 1,000 people, 97 per cent of Britons saw fostering as being very important to society, while 67.1 per cent said they saw it as being a rewarding role.
Yet despite this, only 20.6 per cent would ever consider becoming a foster carer themselves.
The remainder say they have too little time, too little money and not enough skills to cope with potentially difficult children.
And four in 10 of those say that only knowing a child who needs fostering would persuade them to think differently.
Sue added: "The thousands of children and young people needing a foster home in the UK shouldn't have to rely on who they know to help them out.
"Some of these children have already had to suffer more than most of us could endure. Surely it's our duty as a society to respond by offering them the care and love they need.
"While nobody is denying that fostering can be the most challenging job in the world, with the right training, support and providing you can care for a child in need, there is nothing stopping anyone being a good foster parent."
Adults aged 21 or over can apply to become a foster parent with modus, regardless of background or experience. Successful applicants receive outstanding personal support, professional training and a salary.
For more information about becoming a foster carer, call modus on 01204 399514 or email mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Notes to editors
- modus was set up in 2002 to provide high quality, co-ordinated childcare services for looked-after children and young people
- Through exceptional training and ongoing support, it helps families to provide environments in which young people can safely achieve their potential
- modus provides foster families across the whole of North West England
- modus also runs a small residential home in West Yorkshire, Cross Lee House, for up to five children who display varying degrees of emotional and behavioural difficulty