Barnardo’s appeals for Bexley foster carers as numbers rise by 31%

PUBLISHED: 12:21 12 January 2016 | UPDATED: 12:21 12 January 2016

A foster family

A foster family


The children’s charity is pleading for more carers as part of its Fostering and Adoption Week

The number of children looked after in Bexley has risen by 31 per cent to 275, sparking an appeal for more foster carers.

Children’s charity Barnardo’s is pleading for carers to offer their support as part of its Fostering and Adoption Week which runs until Sunday.

It is asking people in the borough to provide children with stable care where they feel unconditionally loved and accepted, with around 1,150 new foster families needed in the capital during 2016 to ensure all children have a caring adult around to look after them when life gets tough.

Lynn Gradwell, director of Barnardo’s in London, said: “Across London ordinary people are doing something extraordinary – opening their hearts to help children feel secure and loved.

“More foster carers are desperately needed to give these children loving and stable care, which is why we’d like to hear from people like you.

“Barnardo’s celebrates its 150th anniversary this year.

“The charity was one of the first to place children with families and to train foster carers so they had the right skills to look after children.”

Brenda Farrell, head of fostering and adoption at Barnardo’s, added: “Our foster carers are changing children’s lives for the better.

“You don’t have to be a saint or a superhero - you just need to be able to offer a child the loving care they need to help them be themselves.”

However, there is a general downward trend in the greater London area, as 53 children per 10,000 of the population were looked after, a decrease from 2006 when 73 children per 10,000 of the population were looked after.


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