how many children are currently in foster care?
There are around 4915 children currently in foster care in Wales (31st March 2022)
is the number of children in foster care in wales increasing?
Over the last 5 years (2018-2022) the number of children in foster care in Wales has increased by 4.57%.
how many children need a foster carer in Wales each year?
In just 12 months (April 2021- April 2022) 1857 children in Wales needed a foster carer.
are more children cared for by local authority foster carers or foster agency carers?
In Wales, in around 70% of new foster placements (April 2021-April 2022) the children were cared for by local authority foster carers.
where are children fostered?
In Wales, 79% of children cared for by private fostering agencies are fostered outside their local area, and 6% are moved out of Wales entirely. Meanwhile, 84% of those living with local authority foster carers stay within their own local area, close to home, to school, to family and friends.
what does looked-after mean?
The term “looked-after” refers to children where local authority social services departments are involved with their family and have a say in their care, but this can cover a variety of living arrangements including:
- foster care
- residential care
- independent living
- and living with family under local authority supervision.
what age are the children who need foster care in wales?
In March 2022, of the 7080 children looked-after in Wales (see above)
- 21% were age 0-4 (1455)
- 40% were age 10-15 (2790).
- There are slightly higher numbers of boys than girls
Around 70% of children looked-after in Wales are in foster care.
how many children return home, leave care or are adopted?
In 2022, 650 children previously looked-after returned to family or special guardian (other than previous foster carers). 285 had an adoption order granted. 145 moved to independent living.
how many foster carers are there in wales?
According to The Fostering Network, there are approximately 3,800 foster families in Wales.
71% are foster carers with their local authority. Around 2700 foster carers, and family and friends carers, are part of Foster Wales.
Source: The Fostering Network