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At least 9,000 new foster families needed in 2013, 14/02/13 [E/NI/S/W]

The Fostering Network warns that despite the total number of fostering households going up to over 50,000 during the last year, thousands more are still needed as the number of children in care has increased for a sixth year in a row, and is continuing to rise.

On any one day, there is now a record 61,700 children living with foster families, with thousands more coming in and out of care throughout the year. More foster families are also needed to replace the 13 per cent of the workforce who retire or leave every year.

For full details see the Fostering Network news release.

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At least 9,000 new foster families needed in 2013