City in the top ten for most likely to foster

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PORTSMOUTH has been named in the top ten cities most likely to foster a child.

In a report by Five Rivers Child Care, 55 per cent of residents said that they had or are considering fostering a child despite the fact that three quarters of the city’s population are unaware that fostering is a paid profession.

Over half said they had thought or are thinking about fostering but almost 60 per cent of the city’s population don’t think that those without their own children are eligible to foster and a further 46 per cent aren’t aware that single people can foster children.

Head of fostering operations for Five Rivers Child Care, Martin Leitch said: ‘One of the key challenges we, and the fostering industry as a whole, are facing is the ongoing misunderstanding of who can be a foster carer and the career benefits it offers.

‘Providing you have a spare room and you’re over the age of 21, then you could be eligible to foster.’