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There is always worker temptation to place another child in a good foster home, but "overload" can turn a good foster home into a marginal one, and finally into a home that stops fostering.
Authors of the NSC&FFP survey (1993) developed a comprehensive list comprised of 28 stated reasons for becoming a foster parent derived from previous research on motivation for fostering. The survey asked foster parents to endorse reasons for fostering by indicating "yes" or "no" if a reason described why they wanted to foster.
New figures, calculated by The Fostering Network, show that 7,180 families are needed throughout the UK, with at least 440 of those being in Wales.
You will receive full training before you start fostering so it doesn't matter if you don't have any experience with children or childcare qualifications.
Coun Ruane said: "We are very aware that there is a shortage of foster carers in Coventry, as elsewhere, and continuing to recruit more fostering households for Coventry children is a crucial issue for us again this year.
Anyone who thinks they might want to help a child or who just wants more information should contact the fostering team on 0800 389 0086 or go to The annual Foster Carers Celebration evening organised by the Kirklees Fostering Network will be held at Ponderosa Park in Heckmondwike tonight and will feature a dessert competition.
Last year, more than 24,000 children came into care and needed fostering, an increase of 17 per cent compared to 2008.
Operating at a local level, Fostering People offers all carers one-to-one support through a dedicated social worker as well as on-going training, carer forums and support groups.
More than a quarter of people are considering fostering but a staggering 60 per cent of those do not know if they are able to.
IDEAL Fostering is an independent fostering agency, based in Birmingham.
Now you can learn what foster care is all about, spread the word, fundraise for the Fostering Network or become a foster carer yourself.
FOSTERING in North Wales is under increasing pressure due to the rising number of children who need care and the vast shortage of carers, the Fostering Network is warning.