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Meeting the Fostering Network

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Meg Munn MP recently discussed the support that foster children receive after the age of 18 with representatives from the Fostering Network along with individuals who were formerly in the foster care system. The current situation is that after their 18th birthday statutory care ends, and any further support is at the discretion of the local authority.

Whilst a few foster carers do continue to provide a home for foster children after they reach 18 they often do so without financial support. As a result, thousands of young people leave home at 17 whilst the average age of leaving home in the UK is 24. This means that those who have been fostered may not have a place to go during university holidays or could even find themselves homeless during school exams.

Meg said:

“We have come a long way from when foster children were expected to leave home at 16.  However if we are serious about providing foster children with similar care to other children then we need to examine this hard cut-off at age 18. We can do better for these children and we must continue to strive to do so.”

For further information visit: http://www.fostering.net/

Associated Photograph :

Meg with Daniella Ndeh and Rebecca Gibson

Meg with Daniella Ndeh and Rebecca Gibson

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