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New matching service launched for local authorities to list children seeking long-term fostering

Social enterprise Link Maker has launched Placement Link, a new matching service for local authorities to list children seeking long-term fostering. This will be supported by The Fostering Network, who will provide expert advice and support to foster carers accessing the service.

Link Maker is a social enterprise founded in 2014 by two adoptive parents. Its first service, Adoption Link, quickly became responsible for the majority of inter-agency adoptive placements in the UK, as well as providing a safe, online space that is already used by over 1,000 families for support. Over 400 children have been matched with new families so far.

Placement Link will allow foster carers to view the profiles of children who need long-term fostering, and carers' own profiles can be made available to aid matching. Practitioners from local authorities and independent fostering providers can register and use the system to support their carers in finding placements. The Fostering Network will also play an active role in this online community, contributing to forum discussions and sharing information. 

Find out more about Link Maker by visiting their website.