Under 35s should be come foster carers claims charity

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More people under the age of 35 should consider becoming foster carers a charity has claimed.

The Fostering Network called for younger volunteers as this year’s Foster Care Fortnight draws to a  close. The charity highlighted the fact that the great majority of foster carers are older people – less than five per cent are younger than 35, while making up as much as 20 per cent of the population.

Chief executive Kevin Williams said it was vital that a broader swathe of the population became involved in helping vulnerable youngsters.

“Older foster carers bring life experience and skills from other work to fostering, and do an amazing job in providing homes for thousands of fostered children. However, given the need for over 7,000 more foster families in 2017, it’s vital that we also reach out to more people under 35 who are heavily under-represented.”

Interested individuals or families are invited to visit the Fostering Network website to find out more.

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Stowe Family Law Web Team

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2 comments

JLB - May 19, 2017 at 9:49am

Fostering does not provide a living wage. The reason older people foster is because they have generally already retired and fostering income tops up retirement income. Fostering requires one person to stay at home full time and unless you have several spare rooms (most under 35s don’t own their own home in these times) and can be registered for several children then it’s not possible to generate enough income to live.

D - May 19, 2017 at 10:00am

Quite a telling and almost amusing observation. Under 35’s are the group least likely to be able to afford to provide a home for themselves, let alone foster. With property ownership and wealth being more in the realm of the over 35’s, practically speaking it doesn’t make any sense to try and change things.

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