Shortage of foster care families sparks alarm

16th March 2006, Comments 0 comments

16 March 2006, BRUSSELS — The Foster Care Federation has raised alarm about the lack of foster families for children in need.

16 March 2006

BRUSSELS — The Foster Care Federation has raised alarm about the lack of foster families for children in need.

The federation — which oversees foster care in Brussels and Flanders — said there are is a shortage of 500 to 1,000 foster families in Flanders.

It also raised concern about the lack of foster places for children under the age of three.

Foster families usually offer shelter on a temporary basis to children who cannot stay with their parents.

However, the Foster Care Federation said on Thursday there is an alarming shortage of foster families, news service VRT reported.

It said two out of three children in need of a foster family are not placed with a family and are instead placed in an institute. Some children don't receive any help.

"It is very distressing that we sometimes have to place babies and toddlers in an institute because we can't find foster families," federation chief Chris Degheldere said.

"Although those institutes do their best, I don’t think that they are the ideal living situation for young children."

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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