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Report says 20% of siblings taken into care are split up (BBC News)

22nd November 2017
A report finds that 20% of sibling groups were split up because of difficulty finding suitable places.   Almost 20 per cent of sibling groups in Scotland taken into care were split up because o...

Mr Gay England encourages Liverpool LGBT community to become foster carers (Liverpool Echo)

26th July 2017
  Mr Gay England Matt Henderson-Rood - a former foster carer himself - is encouraging more LGBT people to get involved in fostering. Source: Mr Gay England encourages Liverpool LGBT commu...

Dozens of Wales’ looked-after children in care outside country (BBC News)

23rd May 2017
More than 130 looked-after children from Wales are currently in care placements outside the country, according to the BBC. BBC Wales asked all 22 local authorities in Wales how many children and yo...

‘Men who care: What are the experiences of gay male foster carers?’ – Research request

18th May 2017
A Newcastle University MA Sociology undergraduate wants to speak to gay male foster carers for research for his dissertation. Foster carers can be single or in couples and from anywhere in the UK. R...

Government to investigate how foster care can be improved (Community Care)

24th April 2017
The government has launched a consultation to identify how current foster care provision can be improved. The consultation will review the status, role and function of foster carers in relation t...

Emergency Fostering Placement Needed in Wrexham Area

1st March 2017
A placement is needed straight away for 14 year old LA, within reach of the Wrexham area. If you are an approved Foster Carer and on our family finding list click here to view the profile (you must b...

Council rejects £3,310 foster care-leaver payment (BBC News)

21st February 2017
A watchdog has said it was 'concerned and disappointed' after a council refused to repay a foster care-leaver whose savings were not monitored. Find out more: Council rejects £3,310 foster care-...

Foster carers face ‘incredibly complex task’, MPs told (BBC News)

2nd February 2017
  The status of fostering must be raised to give foster carers the recognition they deserve, MPs on the Commons education select committee have heard. Foster care families often felt unsupp...

Social workers not treating foster carers ‘as equal’, report says (Community Care)

2nd February 2017
New research by the Fostering Network finds that foster carers feel pressured to take on cases outside of their approved range. Half of those who took children outside their range felt 'pressured' ...

‘We are the epitome of the gig economy – we deserve rights’ (The Guardian)

18th January 2017
The Foster Care Workers Union is calling for better pay and job protection for carers who they describe as 'the epitome of the gig economy'. Find out more: 'We are the epitome of the gig economy ...