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Fostering Children Moving Too Often Report Finds

A report from the Fostering Network has stated that too many children are moving too often in care, with almost 50% of foster children with their third foster family.

The survey carried out by the Fostering Network found that over 30% of children between the age of 5-10 were living with their third foster family. Furthermore, 8% of all foster children living with their tenth or more foster family.

According to the foster network over 5,500 foster children, currently live with around 4,400 foster families in Scotland.

Fostering in Scotland

The Fostering Network estimates that fostering services need to recruit around 750 new foster carers across Scotland in order to meet the number of children expected to be in the foster care system in the next year.

The study from Fostering Network found that the number of children being moved around or changing houses and location is detrimental to their education and upbringing. It also found that constant moving affects the child’s well-being and their ability to build relationships later on in life.

Many of the children in foster care are forced to move due to foster parents no longer being able to look after them, no longer being able to afford to have them or due to the child suffering neglect during their stay.

Needing More Foster Families

Sara Lurie, director of The Fostering Network Scotland, said: "As each year passes, we see more and more children coming into care.

"We need people who can open their heart, and their homes, to vulnerable children and young people and use their skills to help support them to reach their full potential.

"In particular we need people who have the skills, patience and passion to look after teenagers who may have had a really tough time and be facing some real challenges, and to offer them love, stability and security.

"A good foster carer will believe in the ambition of the children in their care in the same way they'd believe in the ambition of their biological family members."

Childcare in Scotland

Whether it be due to the breakdown of a relationship or if you require guidance regarding going through the breakdown of a family relationship or childcare our team of solicitors can help. We can advise on negotiation, mediation, collaboration and court processes and offer tailored advice to you and your situation as well as offer advice regarding fostering and other aspects of family law. It is important to note that you may not need your day in court with many parents encouraged to try and negotiate childcare themselves before going to court.

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If you require legal advice regarding foster care, divorce, a breakdown of family relationships or any other family law matter our team of family solicitors can help. We understand the strain and pressure that you may feel regarding any aspect of childcare or family law and can offer you the support and advice needed. Get in touch today using our online contact form.

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