Foster shortage 'due to myths'

Britain 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.

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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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