The State of the Nation’s Foster Care 2021 report was originally published by The Fostering Network.

This report, published in December 2021, provided further evidence of the recruitment and retention crisis in foster care but highlights how the need to value and recognise the foster carer role is at the heart of the crisis. The pressures within the system, and the lack of availability of foster families, results in poorer outcomes for children with some children experiencing multiple moves, living a long way from family, friends and school or being separated from their siblings. 

Our report calls on governments to focus on and fund this neglected sector. It also makes strategic and practical recommendations at a regional and local level. 

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