Providing houses for foster carers
Although we are not an Independent Foster Agency (IFA) we recognise that in the UK there is an urgent need for more foster carers from BAME backgrounds and for those who are willing to foster teenagers:
- 97% of fostering services have an urgent need for foster carers for teenagers (e.g. in Cambridgeshire 154, 13-18 year olds are currently in need of a caring & supportive family).
- 68% of local authorities have a shortfall of BAME foster carers meaning BAME young people (who are overrepresented in the foster care system) are less likely to be fostered by carers from the same ethnic and cultural heritage.
Our ‘Stable home’ initiative responds to this shortfall by providing suitable houses for foster carers of teenagers and BAME young people. This includes a shared ownership scheme alongside access to below market-rate rental properties. To facilitate these schemes we have the opportunity for investors to help us develop our housing stock.