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.

An adult playing with a child.
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.

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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.