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Charity sets out to tackle foster carer shortage by busting myths
A CHARITY is on a mission to dispel the myths surrounding fostering after studies revealed the North-East is facing shortage of 450 foster carers this year.
Action for Children has discovered that misconceptions around who is eligible to foster are threatening to cause a fostering crisis in the UK.
New research has revealed that many people in the North-East incorrectly believe renters, men, homosexuals, over 55s and those who are not in full-time employment are barred from fostering.
The findings also reveal 87 per cent of people did not know the true extent of children in care in the region, which currently stands at 2,000.
And ten per cent did not understand what fostering actually means and why children and young people are placed in foster care.
Action for Children, a leading foster care provider, spoke to 2,000 people when conducting its research in the North-East and the lack of understanding came as a surprise.
The charity has since launched a Fostering Myth Busting Academy on its website to tackle the issue and empower people to take that first step to becoming a foster carer.
Darren Johnson, of Action for Children, said: “It is estimated that it takes four years from someone to think they would like to foster to actually picking up the phone and making their initial enquiry.
“So often the reason behind this delay is because of the misconceptions they have, and their fear of rejection.
“But this could be prevented by helping people to understand that in the majority of cases they can foster and that have a lot to offer a young person in care.”
To find out more visit actionforchildren.org.uk
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