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Pandemic sees shortage in foster carers

Wednesday, 21st October, 2020 9:42am

Story by Jacqueline Hogge
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Pandemic sees shortage in foster carers

Social Care worker Kerry Hession at home Photo: Ray Ryan

Pandemic sees shortage in foster carers

Social Care worker Kerry Hession at home Photo: Ray Ryan

At BALLYGLUNIN, Tuam, woman is spearheading this year’s National Fostering Week in a bid to recruit new foster carers for thousands of children who need a safe and loving home.

Kerry Hession, from Gortbeg, is a social care worker with Orchard Fostering, an agency tasked with advocating for children and placing them in homes around the country. She said the Covid pandemic has seen a rise in referrals and with a 2,000 shortfall between children in care and foster families, there has never been a greater need for new foster carers.

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