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Britain is facing a shortage of 9,000 foster carers this year as many people mistakenly believe myths about who would be allowed to foster children, a children's charity has said.
At sixty-four, foster mother Maggie Webster, wrongly believed she would be too old and says, "I still think I've got loads to give a child".
ITV News' Sejal Karia reports.
Tracy Davison, who with her partner Jenny Godbold became one of the first same-sex couples to foster in Scotland, called it "the best job I have ever done".
Ms Davison said: "Anyone can foster ... Nobody should be afraid, as long as you can provide a safe, secure and loving environment it really is worth it.
"Having foster children is like having your own child - you have to have an open heart and each child is unique."
Former Dragons' Den star Richard Farleigh told Daybreak he views foster care as "society's band-aid".
Farleigh, who was taken into foster care at an early age, said fostering "repairs cases and puts children back into society".
He said being fostered "completely changed my life":
The charity Action for Children said members of the public incorrectly believe that you cannot foster a child if you are:
- Living in rented accommodation
- Not in full-time employment
- Over 55-years-old
The UK is facing a shortage of 9,000 foster carers this year as many people mistakenly believe they would not be allowed to foster children, a children's charity has said.
Action for Children wants to dispel the "myths" surrounding fostering in a bid to encourage more people to think about taking in a child.
The charity said 96% of those asked also did not know how many children are currently in care, which is around 91,000 in the UK.
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Action for Children found that people in the UK incorrectly believe they will not be allowed to foster children due to a number of "myths".