Devon seeks 100 more foster carers

Devon County Council wants to recruit 100 more foster carers to cope with increasing demand.

The number of children being placed into the council's care rose from 539 in 2008/9 to 693 in 2012/13.

The authority will be offering higher rates to carers and reducing its reliance on agencies which cost more than carers.

It hopes the changes will save £5m over a four-year period and about £3m every year after that.

The authority has 315 carer households, who care for 344 children and young people, says a report to the council's Cabinet. A further 105 children are placed through fostering agencies.

Councillor Will Mumford said: "We need to look at how we can support our foster carers better, attract more to our service, and improve it so that we're able to care for more children and young people this way rather than use private agencies or residential care."

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