Education Committee: Foster Care Is All About The Money.


Fostering? It’s looking more and more like a lucrative business deal for all the wrong reasons. Time for a re-think.

Researching Reform

A new report published by the The Education Committee, confirms that an alarming number of foster placements are made for financial reasons rather than the best interests of children in care.

Crucially, the report recommends increasing levels of funding for the sector, but offers no evidence that this will improve services and support for children, and does not properly address poor management processes or lack of best practice which are arguably more important than extra funding.

The report also makes other suggestions, which include ways in which to address issues facing foster carers. It also offers solutions to help make the fostering sector more responsive to young people’s needs and stresses the importance of early intervention to help keep families together wherever possible.

Key Recommendations For Children:

  • Allowing children who wish to remain with their foster carers up to the age of 18, to do so under the Staying Put

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2 comments on “Education Committee: Foster Care Is All About The Money.

  1. GP Cox says:

    It wasn’t for my parents. They had 2 boys (brothers) that I am still in contact with today and consider my brothers!! If their mother wasn’t still alive, the boys would have been adopted!

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    • That is wonderful. It is one I can add to several others I know of in real life; people whose capacity to love other people’s children knew no bounds; leading to their fostering as many as fourteen children over the years during which their own children were also growing up.

      Some foster parents may never have had children of their own, but that never stopped them doing a great job in rearing the offspring of others who, for one reason or another, could not rear their own.

      Financial packages help hard up families as long as it is used for the purpose intended – and not as a source of income without the shackles.

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