Up until now, foster parents in England were only given financial support to take care of children until they turn 18. The new law that has been put in place this week will give teenagers in care the option to stay with foster families until they turn 21. Local authorities will now have a duty to support foster families financially until the young person’s 21st birthday.
Children and Families Minister Edward Timpson made the announcement earlier this week, along with a pledge of an extra £40 million for funding over the next three years.
Mr Timpson’s family has fostered almost 90 children, so he knows how crucial it is for children in care to be given sufficient time to prepare for life outside of the care system. He says the measure is part of a wider package of support for care leavers that will include a greater level of financial support for those leaving care at 18.
Children’s rights campaigners welcome the change:
“We have been asking for the care leaving age to be…Read more