The Foster Care Network have provided some figures to support #FosterCareFortnight
They give a stark insight into why more Foster Carers are needed then ever, not least in the South West of England where The Fostering Foundation are working with Foster Carers and Fostering Families every day, trying to illustrate #WhyWeCare
In the UK, a child comes into care in need of a foster family every 20 minutes.
Over 65,000 children live with almost 55,000 foster families across the UK each day. This is nearly 80% of the 83,000 children in care away from home on any one day in the UK.
Around 30,000 more children come into care over the course of 12 months, with similar numbers leaving the care system to return home, move in with another family member, live with new adoptive families, become subject to a special guardianship or residence order or move on to adult life.
57,380 children were living with foster families on 31 March 2020.
This is 72 per cent of the 80,080 children in care looked after away from home.
There are around 44,500 foster families in England.