In September, there were 334 children and young people in care in Brent. Only 69 are living with local Brent foster parents while 97 were living with carers recruited through independent fostering agencies. Brent’s target is to match as many vulnerable children as possible with local carers. Sadly, finding local fostering households remains a challenge. As a result, some of the children in care will have to move to a different area, away from the people and places they know.
More local foster carers needed to meet demand in Brent
23 November 2022
Local foster carers are a key human resource for our borough because they can provide loving and stable homes to vulnerable young people right here in Brent.
"When a child is placed with a local foster parent, they will continue to live in Brent. This means that at least some things will remain unchanged in their life during an already challenging time. For this, we need more carers from various backgrounds, who can meet the needs of the very diverse children coming into our care."
Fostering applicants must be over 21, have indefinite leave to remain in the UK and available living space to accommodate the child in their care. Once approved, Brent foster parents receive dedicated support from an allocated social worker, continuous free training tailored to their needs and up to £485 per week, depending the age and needs of the children in their care.
If you are interested in finding out more about foster care, visit our fostering pages or book a call with the fostering team.
You can also register to attend one of the online information events run by Brent Fostering.