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The family you’re born with and the family you choose
24 August 2012
As National Family Week approaches (25 to 31 August), Action for
Children highlights the need for nearly 9,000 new foster families
across the UK - and asks more people to consider fostering.
Over the past few years, an increasing number of children have
been coming into the care system in need of a foster family. In
fact, another child enters care almost every 20 minutes.
Alison and her family recently started fostering through Action
for Children: "William's changed our lives massively; in a good
way! Everything's changed for him too. He's not only grown in
confidence, but physically - he's now wearing clothes for his age
"There are so many people who don't even realise they have the
qualities and character to be an amazing foster carer," said Jill
Thorburn, one of Action for Children's Fostering Managers.
The shortfall of nearly 9,000 foster families means that too
many children are at risk of not getting the right foster home
first time round, which heightens the chances of a fostering
breakdown and the child's return to residential care.
Jill continued, "We know that a stable, loving foster placement
plays a crucial role in transforming the lives of some of the UK's
most vulnerable and neglected children who, for a variety of
reasons, cannot be with their birth families this National Family
If you are interested in finding out more, please visit our Fostering webpage.