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Fostering system in crisis, it is claimed

Daily Telegraph article vividly describes the fostering regime creaking at the seams

"Who'd be a foster parent?", an article by Julia Llewellyn Smith and published in the Daily Telegraph, paints a picture of a fostering system under enormous pressure.

The article describes how there are 87,000 British children in care today with "a new child coming into care every 22 minutes."

Anthony Douglas, Chief Executive of CAFCAS, describes a 57% increase in the number of children in care over the past four years.

A variety of factors – including greater readiness to intervene and to do so much earlier by social services, more rigorous scrutiny of prospective foster parents and increased family breakdown caused, or contributed to, by financial hardship – are all having a major impact on the fostering landscape.

For the full article which offers insights from foster parents and fostered children, please click here.