Hundreds of foster families needed across the region

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The Foster Network has issued a plea for families to come forward after latest statistics revealed more than 900 foster families are needed in the south east alone.

The year ended with a record number of children in foster care and with 12 per cent of foster families leaving each year, the need for new carers to sign up is ever-growing.

Around 7,000 foster families are needed right across England, with 925 required in the South East. There is also a bigger demand for families willing to foster teenagers, children with disabilities and sibling groups.

Robert Tapsfield, chief executive of the Fostering Network, said, “Children and young people come into care for a wide range of reasons, but all come needing professional, dedicated and compassionate support. Foster carers are remarkable people who open their homes to some of society’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people.

“We urgently need people who believe that they have the right skills and qualities to foster to come forward and make a long lasting positive difference to the life of a child.”

There is no legal minimum age to become a foster carer, nor is there an official upper limit.

For more information on becoming a foster carer, contact your local fostering service or visit