Foster families to be funded until 21

Children in care will now be able to stay with their foster families after they turn 18 following a £40m funding boost and a new legal duty on councils to provide support. Children and families minister, Edward Timpson, announced this month that he is placing a new legal duty on local authorities to provide financial support for every young person who wants to stay with their foster parents until their 21st birthday – giving local authorities £40m over the next three years to put the support arrangements in place.

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