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Fostering Aspirations

Reforming the foster care system in England and Wales

This report puts forward recommendations for how the foster care system should be reformed. It argues that we must be realistic but ambitious about what the care system can offer. While it is extremely difficult to exactly replicate the support and care that a loving family brings, research published in May 2011 revealed the significant benefits that can flow from stable long-term foster placements. These included improvements in educational outcomes and establishing friendships.