The Duchess of Cambridge has been invited to an event hosted by the charity ‘The Fostering Network’ to celebrate the work of Foster Carers in providing support to vulnerable young people today, on Friday 16 January.
The Duchess will meet Foster Carers, Social Workers, and care leavers to discuss the role of fostering and the need for more foster carers throughout the UK, and to hear the stories of those who have experienced fostering first hand.
The Foster Care Co-operative are part of The Fostering Network, who are a national charity who work alongside other fostering services and around 52,500 Foster Carers, working towards influencing and shaping policy and practice to make positive difference to Foster Care.
Every day more than 63,000 children live with over 52,500 foster families across the UK, while they are unable to live at home. These children have often experienced neglect and abuse, or have witnessed domestic violence or substance misuse. Whatever their experiences, all of them will be suffering the trauma of being separated from their own families, and need love, support and stability. Foster Carers can provide these children with what they need, and often give them their first positive experience of family life.
Lucy Peake, Director of Development at The Fostering Network, said: “The Fostering Network has, for 40 years, been at the forefront of the development and growth of Foster Care right across the UK. We are proud to celebrate fostering and the amazing role that foster carers play in helping to transform children’s lives.
“A visit from The Duchess helps to shine a spotlight on Fostering and the need for more Foster Carers, particularly to look after teenagers, disabled children and groups of brothers and sisters. We are very grateful to her for her interest, and know that the foster carers and care leavers attending our event today are excited to be sharing their experiences and stories with her."