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Could you be a foster carer ?

Published: 26 August 2020

Could you provide a safe and stable home for a teenager in Surrey?

There are nearly 1000 children in care in Surrey, and half of these children are aged 11 or older. Yet despite this, the county has a shortage of foster carers for teenagers.

There is a common myth that young people come into care because their behaviour is challenging, but in fact most teenagers are in care for the same reasons as younger children; they have experienced abuse or neglect. Teenagers in foster care are at an age when they can really benefit from guidance and support, and one of the biggest rewards for foster carers is seeing a young person develop as an individual and grow in confidence.

Cindy, who lives in Surrey and has been a foster carer alongside her husband for nearly 10 years, says:

"I foster two teenagers which is great and there's a lot of chat and banter. They have their peaks and troughs, but for me, it's been a wonderful experience and my family is now huge as we have kept in touch with teenagers we've fostered in the past."

Foster carers receive full training and support as well as a weekly allowance for each child in their care. To apply, visit our Fostering pages or call 0800 096 9626.

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