Fostering Network reported that over 64,000 children are in care, with 7,180 more foster families required to support the number of children remaining and coming into care. For Hackney to meet local demands, we need to recruit and approve at least 20 new foster carers each year.
Across Hackney, children from all backgrounds are in need of homes with foster carers so that they can have a better outcomes in life. Children can come into care for various reasons and will therefore require different emotional and practical support.
Many of the children in Hackney needing foster care are teenagers. They need stability, advice and guidance as they prepare for adult life. It's about giving them the space to learn and clear boundaries so they can achieve their best. Currently placements that are needed most often are for:
- young children aged 4-12
- teenagers 13-16
- sibling groups
- children with disabilities
- specialist fostering schemes