The lack of Waltham Forest foster carers, means that often children need to be placed out of borough. This can have huge negative impacts on the child. Being away from where they grew up could mean either changing schools, or having to travel a long way each day.
At GLF we think it’s really important to try to find a foster home for a child as close to where they grew up. There are times for the child’s safety that it is important that they are placed away, however in the majority of cases this isn’t true.
This means we need to find more local foster carers, to look after local children. But this job is getting harder, as high housing costs in Waltham Forest mean fewer people have spare rooms.
Do you have spare room? Or do you know someone who does?