"Foster carers do an outstanding job looking after children who can’t live with their birth families, providing them with the love and security they need to thrive."
Responding to the Fostering Network’s State of the Nation’s Foster Care 2021 report, Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Children and Young People Board, said:
“Foster carers do an outstanding job looking after children who can’t live with their birth families, providing them with the love and security they need to thrive.
"We recognise the challenges set out in this report, including the need to ensure foster carers receive the training and financial support that allows them to carry out this vital role.
“Children’s social care must be adequately funded to enable them to provide the best possible support, however services face a £600 million shortfall each year as demand for support continues to increase.
“As the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care has rightly highlighted, there has been a lack of national focus on the recruitment of foster carers and we continue to call on the Government to work with councils on a campaign to encourage more people to come forward.
“We look forward to continuing our work with the Independent Review to find ways to improve the children’s social care system, including fostering, to make sure all children in care can grow up in loving homes that meet their needs and support them to thrive.”