Hard times for children in care
Although the number of approved foster families has not dropped, the team says it has seen a big shift in the type of people willing to care for children who have been removed from their parents.
They are blaming the change on Jersey’s high cost of living and tough economic times and say it is making it difficult to find homes for some children with specific needs.
The shortage of foster families has been highlighted by the case of an 11-year-old girl who is still waiting for a home after 18 months. Despite a public appeal six months ago, ‘bubbly’ Isabelle, who is in a wheelchair (she is not the girl pictured above) is no nearer to moving out of residential care and into a family home.