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Family law: 2,000 foster carers needed in London

Living in the nation's capital can be difficult for any child but for many it is worsened by not having a stable home life. With almost 11,000 children currently in care in London, it has been estimated that a further 2,000 foster carers are needed to give these children homes.

The Fostering Network charity carried out the survey that revealed these figures. They discovered that the hardest age group to find foster homes for was 11 to 15-year-olds. In 94% of London's boroughs there was a shortage of families who were willing to take on teenagers.

The charity published this survey to raise awareness about fostering and to coincide with the start of Foster Care Fortnight.

Robert Tapsfield, of the Fostering Network, asks people to "consider taking up a career in fostering, especially those already experienced in working with teenagers."

This week, Mayor of London Boris Johnson will appear at an event at City Hall to promote fostering. He said, "It is an appalling situation, and a sad one, that London's teenagers are missing out on the foster homes they need.

"Childhood and our teenage years should be about making friends, learning, exploration and discovery, not worrying about our home life."

"There must be thousands of people across the capital who could be foster carers and provide the security and stability that young people, especially teenagers, need."

Related links:
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Learn about becoming a foster carer (FindLaw)
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