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Foster care 'may continue to 21'

4 December 2013 Last updated at 07:54 GMT

Children in care in England will be able to stay with their foster families until their 21st birthday, rather than having to leave at 18, ministers say.

The Department for Education is imposing a legal duty on councils to provide financial support for those who want to stay longer with foster carers.

The government has pledged £40m over the next three years to fund the plan.

Mike Sergeant reports.