As of March 31 last year, 57,380 children [in England] were living with foster families.
While this may sound high, this is just 72 per cent of the 80,080 children in care who are looked after away from home, according to the Fostering Network. And while there are over 44,000 foster families in the country, it means thousands more are needed each year.
Jeremy Bottrill, 39, lives in Markyate, a village near St Albans and Harpenden in west Hertfordshire, and is a single foster parent.
He’s been fostering with ISP Fostering for five years and has looked after around 10 children of varying ages, providing a variety of short-term and respite care solutions.
Jeremy’s background was in youth work and he jumped at the chance of trying to help younger generations who may have fallen on hard times.