There is currently a shortfall of 920 foster carers in the south east of England and more than 8,000 across the UK, with that number likely to grow given the increased rate in children entering the care system and the ageing population of foster carers.
Five Rivers Child Care commissioned a survey of 2,000 respondents to highlight the overwhelming opportunity September brings as thousands of students leave home for university. Only one in twenty students choose to remain close to home to study so for many parents across the UK, they will have a spare room or rooms that could be used to help a vulnerable child or young person.
Are you an Empty Nester who can help foster children?
“I really hope that anyone anxious about their own children moving out to university in the next few weeks will consider how they could potentially help a vulnerable young person by using their spare room to become a foster carer.”