Huge spike in number of children needing foster care during pandemic, Barnardo’s warns


A surge in demand for foster care places combined with a drop in potential carers as a result of the coronavirus pandemic is creating a “state of emergency” in the care system, Barnardo’s has warned.

Barnardo's received more than 2,000 foster care referrals between March and April. Picture: Barnardo's
Barnardo's received more than 2,000 foster care referrals between March and April. Picture: Barnardo's

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