Number of UK children in foster care doubles amid Pandemic

The number of north children entering the foster care system in the first six months of lockdown was double that of a normal year, jumping from around 20 to 40, it has emerged.

And the impact of the pandemic on slowing down the court system means a further nine children are in limbo, waiting to go into their adoptive families.

The foster care figure of 40 was described as “astounding for Highland” by Sutherland councillor Linda Munro, who chairs Highland Council’s health, social care and wellbeing committee.

She said there are a number of factors behind the figure, underpinned by the huge pressures from lockdown…

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