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Action for Children point out that myths are threatening foster care

An Action for Children survey asked more than 2,000 adults about their attitudes to fostering and found that some 10% of adults surveyed did not know fostering meant providing temporary care, confusing it with adoption. A large proportion believed those aged above 55, gay people, and men were barred from becoming foster carers and one in three believed wrongly that you could not foster if you lived in rented accommodation.

A similar number were unaware that foster carers received financial support and wrongly thought they would be barred from foster care if they were not in full-time employment. Many people also thought certain groups were barred from fostering - with 54% thinking over-55s were excluded; 16% that men could not foster and one in three that gay people would not be accepted.

The Fostering Network says there are now a record 61,700 children in foster care and with 13% of foster carers leaving the service each year there is an urgent need to recruit.
Action for children has launched a myth-busting guide to fostering, hoping to encourage more people to provide temporary homes to children with family problems.

A DfE spokesman said: "Foster carers are the unsung heroes of the care system. They make an invaluable difference to vulnerable children - offering them routine, stability and loving homes.
"We want people from all walks of life to come forward to foster which is why are making it easier for them to do so. We are spending £750,000 to help councils recruit and retain a range of foster carers and have invested an extra £3.7 million to support vulnerable families and those already fostering."

BBC News Mon 9th Sept 2013