As fostering fortnight got into full swing, Surrey County Council revealed that its 250 carers have more than 1,600 years of experience between them.
Surrey fostering in figures:
1,601 – years of experience carers have clocked up
644 – children currently being looked after
236 – families caring for children
14 – specialist carers.
In addition, there are 77 relatives and friends looking after children and 33 carers providing short breaks for disabled children.
Pam and Graham have spent almost 40 years looking after more than 260 young people. They are currently fostering three sisters and a brother and sister.
Graham said: “We are a temporary haven. One man who we had with us aged six is now coming up to fatherhood himself.”
Surrey County Council leader David Hodge, who was brought up in an orphanage and a boys’ home, said: “Children are in care through no fault of their own and people with the generosity to open their hearts and homes can really help to transform their lives.
“In Surrey, there are around 250 foster carers providing a loving and supportive home but we are always looking for more – and as every child in our care has different needs, we need people from all backgrounds to look after them.”
To find out more about fostering and carers’ experiences, visit the county council’s website.