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The demographic characteristics of foster carers in the UK: Motivations, barriers and messages for recruitment and retention

This rapid response review, carried out during February and April 2012, examines existing knowledge regarding the demographic characteristics of foster carers in the UK. It explores existing research on what motivates individuals and families to become foster carers and the barriers they identify. It also explores how this information can be used to inform recruitment and retention strategies, whilst also identifying examples of good practice, and gaps in existing knowledge.