Five foster families needed per foster child: ‘Not everyone is suitable’

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Combinatie Jeugdzorg (youthcare) says they need about five families per foster child.

To find a good match for children, many applications from foster parents are necessary. Nationally, some 3,500 foster families are still needed.

Foster family from Eindhoven
There are around 450 foster families in the Southeast Brabant region. One of them is the family of Chantal van Uden and her friend. When it turned out that they cannot have children together, they signed up. They now have two children in the house. ‘We had space in our home and as well in our hearts,’ she says.

‘They are just children’
Foster parents must follow a training course. This way it is checked whether they have an accurate picture of it and whether they really want to be foster parents. There is long-term or short-term foster care. Every month Combinatie Jeugdzorg keeps information evenings about foster families. “They are just children. They deserve a home, “says Van Uden.

Source: Studio040

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