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People Who Foster

Fostering is one of the most varied, challenging and yet rewarding jobs you can do.

The numbers of fostering households and foster carers in England are at their highest ever levels, despite this, the increase in the overall number of households and carers has been slow at a time when the number of children in care is at its highest level in England.

In the latest Department for Education (DfE) at the end of March 2021, there were 45,370 fostering households in 425 agencies in England. These households had 76,640 approved foster carers looking after about 55,990 children.

It is estimated that a further 8,000 foster families are needed to provide care for vulnerable children and young people.

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