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A quarter of foster children move home twice or more in a year

Action for Children launches appeal for more foster carers

One in four foster children in the UK (over 14,500) moves home two or more times a year (April 2014 to March 2015), a Freedom of Information request by charity Action for Children has revealed.

Children and young people who regularly move between foster care homes are more likely to have poor social skills, reduced education outcomes and limited future employment prospects – impacting on their mental health and exacerbating any existing behavioural and emotional issues.

The charity is warning that too many children in foster care are still being disrupted by repeated moves to new homes, and has launched an appeal to find thousands of new foster carers to help provide the best homes for vulnerable children at the earliest possible opportunity.

For more details of the appeal, please click here.