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Campaign underway to encourage fostering a child

A campaign is underway to encourage families across the region to consider fostering a child.

There is a high demand for foster carers Credit: PA

In the East Midlands, approximately 4,000 children and young people are waiting to be fostered, of which 350 are from Derby. There is a particularly high demand for foster carers who can care for siblings, children and young people with disabilities or those over ten years old.

As part of Fostering Fortnight, charities are making a special appeal to find homes for teenagers and children with disabilities.

Figures show two in five young people have moved foster homes at least three times.

The survey, covering over 1,600 fostered children and young people across the UK, also found that:

  • 1 in 4 (25%) fostered teenagers are living with at least their fourth family in care;
  • 1 in 6 (17%) fostered teenagers are living with at least their fifth family in care;
  • 1 in 20 (5%) fostered teenagers are living with least their 10th family in care.

Annamarie Johannesson, Chair of Derby Foster Care Association, said:

We are a group of foster carers with Derby City Council who are passionate about fostering.

This is because we have witnessed what a difference it can make to young people who are separated from their families and are feeling alone and confused.

The children and young people that we look after become a part of our family.

It's a very rewarding experience and anyone over the age of 21 - single, gay, cohabiting or married can apply to foster.

– Annamarie Johannesson, Chair of Derby Foster Care Association

For more information about fostering, head to The Fostering Network website.

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