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ixty thousand children and young people will spend tonight in foster care across the UK. Fostering provides these children with the opportunity to be surrounded by people who look after them properly and who want to support them in their development. There is always a demand for more foster carers, but the fostering Network estimates that during 2012 a staggering 8,750 foster families must be recruited across the UK to help find homes for all the children who need them. This is due to a rise in the numbers of children coming into care and an ageing foster carer population. Foster carers come in all shapes and sizes and come from all sorts of backgrounds, but they all have one thing in common; the child’s best

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interest. If you have the skills, the room and the enthusiasm for working with children and young people then 2012 could be the year for you to think about becoming a foster carer. Robert Tapsfield, Chief Executive of the Fostering Network, said: ‘’All children in care need a family they can grow up with who can love them, be ambitious for them and help them achieve their potential. For a growing number, foster care is the best option’’.

Foster carers can choose to work for a local authority or an independent fostering provider. For more information on becoming a foster carer and to find details of fostering services across the UK, visit

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