BBC – Foster care myths threaten crisis, claims charity

10th September 2013

Myths about foster care are threatening a crisis in the service in the UK, a charity claims.

Some 10% of adults surveyed for Action for Children did not know fostering meant providing temporary care, confusing it with adoption.

And a large proportion believed those aged above 55, gay people, and men were barred from becoming foster carers.

“There is an urgent need to tackle these misconceptions,” said Darren Johnson, of Action for Children.

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