At least 550 more foster carers needed in Wales, says charity
New figures released by charity The Fostering Network show that many more foster families are needed to provide stable homes for looked after children.
Local authorities and agencies need to recruit at least 550 more foster families to accommodate the rising number of children being taken into care, and to replace those families who are retiring from fostering.
Without enough families available in Wales, looked after children may be housed further away from their families or split up from brothers and sisters.
The Fostering Network is working with social services and Welsh Government to support recruit of new foster carers. However, the charity also says that finding a good match between the carer and the child or children involved is vital for making the arrangement work.
In particular, more families are needed to foster teenagers, disabled children and sibling groups .
Currently, there are 4,450 children living with around 3,500 foster families in homes across Wales.
You can find out more about the work of The Fostering Network and details of what fostering involves fromhttps://www.fostering.net/.