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West Midlands taskforce created to move children’s home residents into foster care

A new taskforce has been set up in the West Midlands to move looked after children out of children’s homes and into foster care.

The move is being made by a new partnership between Staffordshire and Dudley councils and independent foster agency National Fostering Group with the taskforce first identifying children who would benefit from the move. The children are then matched with foster carers who have been recruited, given the right training and have the right experience to support children who may have experienced trauma and struggle to form relationships.

The Department of Culture, Media and Sport’s Life Chances Fund and social investor Big Issue Invest are funding the scheme with talks ongoing with other possible partners who may also join.

Helen Riley, Staffordshire County Council deputy chief executive and director of families and communities said the launch had been driven by the “need for more specialist foster families who can support those children with additional needs through the most challenging periods of their lives”

She went on to say “This partnership provides another option to help us meet the needs of the children in our care. Research shows that the stability of a family environment can help children to reach their full potential in later life.

“And, whilst residential care is absolutely the right place for some children, we also know that for others a foster family will better meet their needs now and into the future."