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Foster Care 2019 Campaign: “What a two weeks!” – Foster Parents Article

Foster care has just had a huge amount of exposure. This is the result of The Fostering Network’s annual campaign, which created a huge amount of interest and enthusiasm around fostering. The #changeafuture theme neatly summed up what lies at the heart of foster care. People who are involved in fostering provision up and down the country came up with innovative and imaginative ways of supporting the campaign. At Rainbow Fostering, it was especially satisfying to support #changeafuture in what…

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Foster the idea of university as a choice – Foster Parents Article

Foster carers are all conscious of the responsibility that they have for children in their care. And it’s not just the day to day responsibilities that have to be addressed, there is the long term need to support their goals and ambitions. Foster children are from the start, hugely disadvantaged. Almost by definition, they arrive in care bereft of any ambition. Is that surprising? Very many will have experienced the kind of neglect that means they don’t even get fed…

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Foster care ‘successes’ provide an ongoing inspiration 7 – Foster Parents Article

Introduction. Foster carers will know today is the final day of the annual Foster Care Fortnight. Devised by The Fostering Network, it looks already like being highly successful in throwing a much-needed focus on fostering here in the UK. In their latest blog they are stressing the urgent need to find more foster carers nationally. Especially people who might have an interest in wanting to foster teenagers and sibling groups. If you are on social media you can follow the…

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Foster care ‘successes’ provide an ongoing inspiration 6 – Foster Parents Article

Introduction. Foster carers are likely to be aware that we’re now at the halfway point of the Annual Foster Care Fortnight. The Fostering Network has been busy promoting all the aspects of foster care to be considered. In their blog today, well worth reading, they cover the urgent need for more people to come forward to foster teenagers and sibling groups. They also stress the need to find foster parents for children with additional needs. Look out for the hashtags…

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Foster care ‘successes’ provide an ongoing inspiration 5 – Foster Parents Article

Introduction. Foster care will be very much in the limelight as we enter the second week of the leading foster care charity’s annual campaign. The theme for this year is #changeafuture. And at the halfway stage, The Fostering Network is sure to be pleased by the attention and focus the campaign has concentrated on foster care. It will have also made people think about the whole issue of children in care. We have had a fostering stock take and fostering…

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Foster care ‘successes’ provide an ongoing inspiration 4 – Foster Parents Article

Introduction: Foster Care Fortnight! Foster Care Fortnight is approaching the end of its first week. Judging by the comments and posts on social media, it is encouraging to see that so many individuals and organisations have made a concentrated effort to put foster care to the fore. We at Rainbow Fostering are marking Foster Care Fortnight this year through a dedicated blog series. These focus on individual stories  – people who have been through the foster care system and proceeded…

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Foster care along therapeutic lines in 2019 – Foster Parents Article

Foster care provision is changing: the number of children going into care the care system has been rising dramatically over the past five years. Sadly, many of these youngsters have been subjected to various forms of abuse and/or neglect. Understandably, they can have ‘complex’ emotional needs. Carers are needed who can respond to the needs of such children. Reference work for carers. As part of maintaining awareness of this increasingly important subject, we aim to highlight materials able to facilitate…

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Foster care ‘successes’ provide an ongoing inspiration 3 – Foster Parents Article

Introduction. Foster Care Fortnight 2019. Rainbow mark this important annual event by highlighting some individual stories of success achieved often against the odds. Hopefully, foster carers can see that they really can point young lives in a new direction. They can be the difference that enables a young person to reach the top in a chosen field of endeavour. The people that figure in these stories demonstrate an indomitable spirit and determination. The rest of us can see the difference…

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Foster carers from a new generation needed – find out more – Foster Parents Article

Foster care is a calling that inevitably invokes stereotypical images. People who have no connection with what is involved with fostering children will almost certainly picture carers being a certain age. And that tends not to be of people under the age of thirty. Nothing wrong with that. But It is a stereotype that has to be challenged for the simple reason that foster carers; like all of us age and retire. This, as time rolls by, represents a huge…

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Foster carers impressions: Phil on a very special Christmas – Foster Parents Article

Well, that was one of the best Christmases I can remember. We qualified as foster carers three years ago. It’s been great – a real roller coaster ride. Everything we were told to expect from fostering and a little bit more besides. Still, when we decided to become foster carers, we knew it wouldn’t be a walk in the park  – far from it. My wife Rachel and I spent most of the year looking after a number of different…

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