Examination of Witnesses (Questions 258
TUESDAY 8 MAY 2001
258. Can I ask you to introduce yourselves?
(Ms McAndrew) I am Gerri McAndrew, Executive
Director of the National Foster Care Association. I previously
worked in local authorities so I have experience of direct practice
in management in local authorities as well. The National Foster
Care Association has existed for 27 years. We are a very large
membership organisation, we have 18,000 individual carers in memberships
to us, plus all authorities in the United Kingdom and many other
voluntary organisations and international members. Our main aim
is to ensure that the highest standards of care for children and
young people who are fostered are achieved. We mainly do that
through working with all those involved in the delivery of the
care system, from the child through to politicians, basically.
(Ms Verity) I am Pat Verity, I am the Deputy Director
of the National Foster Care Association. I have also been a foster
carer and an adopter.
259. I think you said you had 18,000 in membership,
can you give a rough idea of what proportion of current foster
carers will move to adopt the children they are fostering?
(Ms McAndrew) Will move to adoption? I cannot give
you a figure.