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Care Leavers

Are children leaving the foster-care system without adequate support? In most cases state funding for children in care ends when they reach 18. Many of these children are leaving the security of the system without having a support network in place. After a disrupted...

Anxieties

Dealing with anxiety. Frequently children are entering foster care frightened, stressed and apprehensive. This can often lead to problems with anxiety. Some of these children will have suffered neglect or abuse and struggle with behavioural problems. This can lead...

IFA or LA?

What are the differences between independent fostering agencies and the local authority? The local authorities and the government are the biggest direct employer of foster carers. However, independent fostering agencies are taking on an increasingly prevalent role...

Care Leavers

Inadequate levels of education in foster care leavers. According to a 2014 study only 6% of care leavers were in further education, compared with 33% of all other nineteen-year-olds. Many care leavers are being cut adrift by their care providers at eighteen and this...

Kinship Care

Kinship care as an alternative to non-relative foster care. Kinship care is an arrangement where a child is placed in the care of relative or godparent. Kinship is becoming ever more prevalent because of the national shortage of foster carers. In some cases, it is an...

Marilyn Monroe

Notable people who grew up in care. There are many people who have left the care system to go onto achieve remarkable success. American icon Marilyn Monroe spent most of her childhood in foster homes in California. Pierce Brosnan, who is best known as the 6th...