The number of children coming into the care system in Surrey has risen by more than 10% in the last three years, prompting an urgent plea for more foster carers.
Of the 1,000 looked after children in Surrey County Council’s (SCC) care, 500 are living in foster care.
But the council only has about 300 foster carers in the county.
That means about 40% of looked after children needing a safe and stable home are being sent out of Surrey to carers from another agency which increases the cost, councillors were told this week.
A plea for more support from county, borough and district councillors was made at the SCC and Spelthorne Borough Council joint committee meeting on Wednesday.
Surrey Fostering Service has launched a bid to reach out to different communities to encourage local residents to become foster carers.
More help is also needed to support unaccompanied asylum-seeking children who enter the county.
Surrey has the third largest number of children to support as they arrive in the country, with currently 130 in its care.