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Foster carer: 'It is the best job I have ever done'

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".

Action for Children says the UK is facing a shortage of 9,000 foster carers this year. Credit: Karl-Josef Hildenbrand/DPA/Press Association Images

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."

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UK faces shortage of 9,000 foster carers due to 'myths'

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 says the UK is facing a shortage of 9,000 foster carers this year. Credit: Edmond Terakopian/PA Wire

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.

Full council statement on UKIP foster parent decision

Rotherham Borough Council has released the following statement regarding the decision to remove two children from their foster parents, who were found to be UKIP members:

Rotherham Borough Council can today confirm the conclusions of a review of its decision to end a foster placement with carers who were members of UKIP.

Following this detailed review, we are clear that the action taken to remove the children was in their best interests.

However, we accept the impression left following media interviews on the morning of 24th November was that the removal of the children was solely because of the foster carers’ membership of UKIP and the Council apologises for this.

As this is a child care case legal reasons continue to prevent us from releasing further details. However, we know that there are important lessons the Council must learn. As a consequence the Council has taken action to strengthen the way it makes decisions, communicates and shares information.

The Council can confirm that membership of UKIP would not prevent any individual from being considered as a foster carer in Rotherham and could not be a reason for removing foster children from a placement.

The Council would again like to thank all the foster carers in our community for the devotion they show in looking after some of the most vulnerable children in the borough.

– statement, rotherham metropolitan borough council

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Council sorry for removing foster kids from UKIP couple

Rotherham Council has apologised over the way it handled a decision to remove three Eastern European children from foster parents, admitting that membership of UKIP was not a valid reason.

The couple told ITV News that 'politics shouldn't come into' decisions about foster care Credit: ITV News

The couple - a qualified nursery nurse and former Royal Navy reservist - had the three Eastern European children in their care removed last November after the council reportedly received an anonymous tip-off about their membership of the right-wing party.

The council maintained that the removal of the siblings last November was in their "best interests," but added that "membership of UKIP would not prevent any individual from being considered as a foster carer in Rotherham".

Couple wants issue cleared up about 'white-only adoption'

We had no discussions whatsoever [with the council].

If there had been some discussion this would all have been prevented.

We would have been able to talk to them, they would have been able to question us on our views...

We want a letter stating we won't have a slur on our records and we also want the issue cleared about only being able to foster white children.

Children are children and politics shouldn't come into it.

– ANONYMOUS FOSTER MOTHER
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