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Meeting foster carers in Lewisham

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12 March 2012
Meeting foster carers Last week I had the pleasure of spending the morning with TACT, the UK’s largest fostering and adoption charity, who are based in Lewisham. On the day when the Government announced their proposed reforms of the adoption system, it was interesting to hear the perspective of TACT’s staff, social workers and foster carers.

TACT are doing important work in challenging the rhetoric around children in the care system. I was told that while these children are three times more likely to be caught up in the criminal justice system, 91% of them actually never do. Sadly, the stories we hear are often about the minority.

The highlight of the morning was hearing from a group of foster carers about their experiences of the care system. The women were inspirational and clearly do one of the most important jobs in the country, looking after some of the 64,000 children in care in Britain. As well as sharing the success stories of children they have cared for, the women also highlighted areas where the care system does need reforming, such as support for adults leaving the care system.

I look forward to working with TACT to help lobby the Government on the changes they want to see in the care system, and hope to meet with their foster carers again soon.

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