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6 in 10 foster carers have to contribute to cost of looking after fostered children

The Fostering Network publishes State of the Nation's Foster Care 2016

The Fostering Network has published State of the Nation's Foster Care 2016 which collates the surveyed views of foster carers. The survey is conducted every two years in order to find out what key issues need to be addressed.
Three-quarters of looked after children in the UK are cared for by foster families which, The Fostering Network says, means that improving the outcomes for children in care must start with improving foster care.

The survey of 2,530 UK foster carers, conducted from July to September 2016, found that:

The report recommends that:

On 1st February 2017 the House of Commons Education Committee held its first public evidence session as part of its inquiry into fostering in England. It heard from foster carers and representatives of organisations including The Fostering Network and Become. For details of the inquiry, click here.

To read the The Fostering Network's full report, click here.

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