Fostering children takes commitment, dedication and an awareness of the problems that children can have. Many foster carers deal every day with children who have learning difficulties, or who are on the autistic spectrum. There is specialist training available and caring for children with these problems can be highly rewarding. But it does take resilience and optimism combined with a willingness to persevere. The number of new foster carers needed in this country is around 8,000 and a high proportion…