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Fostering misrepresented by negative media coverage

We have been disappointed with the negative portrayal of care and the experience of looked after children in some media over the last few days, surrounding the new documentary series by Lemn Sissay.

Staying Put - an unfulfilled promise

What’s the problem?

Young people are missing out on the chance to stay living with their foster families after they turn 18. Although the law says young people can remain under Staying Put until they are 21 if both parties agree, financial and cultural barriers mean this is not happening often enough.

According to our 2018 State of the Nation survey:

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This is Me

This guest blog is by Ruby Lawrence from the Drive Forward Foundation which supports young care leavers to take charge of their futures and achieve their career goals.

Young people who have grown up in care are far more likely to die in early adulthood than other young people according to a BBC report today.

Figures obtained through a Freedom of Information request show 90 people who left care in the UK between 2012 and 2016 died in the years when they would have turned 19, 20 or 21. Care leavers make up one per cent of the population at these ages, but make up around seven per cent of the deaths.

Reclaim Care

Achievements of young person formerly in careThe campaign wants to share the positive achievements of young people across the UK who are, or have been, fostered or in care. We will invite care leavers and young people (where permission has been granted from an appropriate adult) to create their own colourful meme and upload it into our gallery of achievements.

Saying ‘goodbye’ to children

There are many reasons a fostering placement may come to an end, for example, the birth family may not be able to care for their child.

Older teenagers may be ready to live independently. In this case, the foster carer will probably have played an important role in helping prepare them to live alone, learning to budget, cook or use a washing machine.

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