In the UK there are nearly 70,000 children in care, of whom 52,000 are looked after by foster families. Living with foster carers is usually best for children and young people who are taken into care as foster carers can provide a safe and stable home in which they can be nurtured.
Every child who goes into foster care has a different background and story. They may have had a breakdown in their birth family, illness, or need to be taken away from their home because of a situation where their safety and welfare has been threatened.
No matter what their background, children who are fostered will feel a sense of loss being separated from their birth families and will have worries about moving into foster care.
As a foster carer it is important that you understand the reasons why children go into care, which is why we offer free training to all our foster carers before they are approved and continual training afterwards. The difficulties fostered children have been through are often expressed through challenging or difficult behaviour. They may have tantrums, be clingy, reject your care, or act younger than they are. But with our training and support we make sure that all our foster carers have the superpowers they need to help whoever they look after.