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Foster carers claim councils breaking up placements

Some local authorities are deliberately trying to break up foster placements in order to save money, foster carers have claimed.

In a newly published survey of independent agencies, the National Association of Fostering Providers claims that a significant number of placements come under pressure from local authorities keen to cut costs and save on agency fees. Affected children are pushed into alternative, in-house foster placements, or into arrangements featuring special guardianship orders (SGOs) despite happy placements with their existing foster carers. Even adoption is sometimes prioritised, the report claims.

According to the report, “[foster] carers have been told to take an SGO.. or adopt them.”

The Association continues:

“If they don’t, [the carers are told that] ‘the children may have to be moved to in house foster carers’”.

In some cases, affected children have threatened to chain themselves to their beds to avoid being made to move.

Such pressures breach regulations, the report states, and deprive the affected children of good “stable and beneficial placements” for purely financial reasons.

The report is entitled Placement Disruption – A review of cases of children in care in England and Wales where stable placements are threatened for financial reasons.

Read more here.

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  1. Shawn tbompson says:

    They need to send the majority of these children ho.e with there biological parents

  2. Dr. Nigel Miles says:

    Yes…exactly adopt your children!

  3. Karen says:

    Stop taking children from loving families

    • keith says:

      asking them to stop is like the jews of ww2 asking the Nazi Germans to stop putting Jews into the death camps.
      they serve an Agenda, not human rights.

  4. keith says:

    As parents of 3 children wrongly removed we know first hand that the local authority do try to deliberately break up foster placements in favour of placing the children for Adoption. this is obviously to save the LA a lot of money and Social workers will most likely be getting very attractive incentives for every child they get adopted. its rotten to the core. its not just the parents who are victims in all this but fosater carers too. well at least the ones who truely care about childrens lives that is.

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