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Sue Ramsey takes part in debate on Foster Care

8 December, 2009 - by Sue Ramsey

Sinn Féin spokesperson on young people, Sue Ramsey MLA has today taken part in an Assembly debate on foster carers.

Speaking in the debate today Ms Ramsey said;

“I want to begin by recognising the huge amount of time and effort that so many foster carers have given to supporting children and young people. I am only too aware that many more children and young people would have had negative experiences had it not been for the support and dedication of foster carers.

The majority of children who are taken into care in the North will go into foster care and too many will have had difficult and sometimes traumatic experiences; this makes it all the more important that we support foster carers and the development of foster care policy and to get it right.

Foster care is a key plank in our response to children, who for a range of reasons cannot stay at home and it is crucial for those children and the foster carers who look after them that it is a professional and valued service which makes a real difference to the outcomes of those children's lives. Ensuring that the foster carers who look after them are valued, paid and given opportunities for real learning and development is one way to do so - I support the motion.” CRÍOCH

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