The Duchess of Cambridge to celebrate foster care

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Media release
The Fostering Network is delighted to welcome The Duchess of Cambridge to an event hosted by the charity and Islington Council to celebrate the work of foster carers in providing support to vulnerable young people on Friday 16 January.

The Duchess will meet foster carers, social workers, and care leavers to discuss the role of fostering and the need for more foster carers, and to hear the stories of those who have experienced fostering first hand.
 
Every day more than 63,000 children live with over 52,500 foster families across the UK, while they are unable to live at home. These children have often experienced neglect and abuse, or have witnessed domestic violence or substance misuse. Whatever their experiences, all of them will be suffering the trauma of being separated from their own families, and need love, support and stability. Foster carers can provide these children with what they need, and often give them their first positive experience of family life.
 
Right now there’s a need for at least 8,600 new foster families across the UK, particularly to offer homes to teenagers, disabled children and groups of brothers and sisters.
 
Lucy Peake, director of development at The Fostering Network, said: “The Fostering Network has, for 40 years, been at the forefront of the development and growth of foster care right across the UK. We are proud to celebrate fostering and the amazing role that foster carers play in helping to transform children’s lives.
 
“A visit from The Duchess helps to shine a spotlight on fostering and the need for more foster carers, particularly to look after teenagers, disabled children and groups of brothers and sisters. We are very grateful to her for her interest, and know that the foster carers and care leavers attending our event today are excited to be sharing their experiences and stories with her.”
 
Cllr Joe Caluori, Islington Council’s executive member for children and families, said: “Islington has a fantastic group of foster carers who look after our children and are real community heroes.  But we need more people of all backgrounds to come forward and foster, especially for teenagers and siblings.  Our carers receive excellent training and support and can make a real difference to the lives of vulnerable young people, providing them with a happy and safe home.”
 
If you believe that you have the skills to foster, and the room in your home, visit couldyoufoster.org.uk to find out more and to contact your local fostering services.
 
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For more information contact The Fostering Network press office on 020 7620 6425 or email media@fostering.net   
 
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Notes to editors
 
1. The Fostering Network is the UK’s leading fostering charity, dedicated to creating a better future for everyone who is fostered. The organisation brings together everyone involved in fostering to help these fostered children and young people to achieve the very best they can. The charity also celebrates fostering and the amazing role of foster carers, and highlights the need for more people to come forward and foster. 
 
2. You can find out more about fostering with Islington Council by visiting islington.gov.uk/fostering If you think you could make a difference to a young life in Islington, please contact Islington's fostering service: Freephone 0800 073 0428 or email fostering@islington.gov.uk