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Rise in over-18s staying at home with foster families

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More vulnerable young people are choosing to stay with their foster families past the age of 18, the government says. New rules brought in last year require councils to support children who stay on with their foster parents. Children and Families Minister Edward Timpson said the scheme had already been a "spectacular success". Council leaders said they were committed to the changes but warned of a funding shortfall. The government says 2,300 young people between the ages of 18 and 21 now remain with their foster families. It says this is a big improvement because young people leaving foster homes often miss out on the sort of help parents provide to children aged over 18.  Cllr David Simmonds, deputy chairman of the Local Government Association, said: "We are absolutely committed to ensuring as many of our most vulnerable young people as possible can stay with their foster families if they choose to, but these changes have to be sufficiently resourced."  He added: "Councils remain concerned that the cost to councils of keeping children with foster parents until they are 21 has been significantly underestimated by government."  For more information, see the BBC website