Child fostering

Foster care and being assessed as a single mum – Foster Parents Article

My name is Liz and foster care is something I had always had at the back of my mind. But, as it must before many people, I always seemed to be too busy to take the first steps. As a single mother with just one son who has now left home, I decided to take the bull by the horns and seriously look into becoming a foster mum. I suppose the idea had always appealed as I had spent a…

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Foster care for babies and the key considerations for carers – Foster Parents Article

Foster carers who are looking after babies and toddlers will not be surprised to hear that there is a prevailing view that this is an easy option. But this is not true. The challenges and pressures of this type of fostering are just different. The responsibilities are considerable and of a particular nature. Many who apply to foster want to foster a baby. But for any prospective foster carer, it’s important to recognise that the opportunity to care for a…

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Foster carers have a unique opportunity to support literacy – Foster Parents Article

Foster carers – and this will be the same for all parents – are subject to routines. Modern-day living is frenetic. That’s just a fact. We have information overload, work overload and just about every other kind of overload you can think of. The current pandemic is spawning its own vocabulary and phraseology: times are always unprecedented because no two days are ever alike – wherever you are. Notwithstanding this, ‘challenging’ and ‘unprecedented’ are terms entering the consciousness our everyday…

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Foster the belief that no news might be good news – Foster Parents Article

Foster carers come in all shapes and sizes. And like all of us they can be prone to the stresses and strains of ordinary day-to-day-life. But what happens when day-to-day-life suddenly becomes extraordinary as it now has. Many people – including foster parents – will be discovering that the fears and anxieties most of us share – normally kept under control – are becoming amplified due to the pandemic. Covid-19 will make this particularly tough for those already afflicted by…

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Foster carers have an opportunity in these difficult times – Foster Parents Article

Foster carers like all of us are now being dramatically affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. The country is experiencing a widespread disruption in ways that are unprecedented. There is much that is uncertain. What is certain is all parents – including foster carers – are going to have to become engaged with the education of the children they are responsible for in a way no one could have imagined. There is much in the media about how the lockdown will…

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Foster carers can be fostering the potential of their children – Foster Parents Article

Foster carers should be given every encouragement to see themselves as playing a crucial role in supporting the educational outcomes of the children they care for. It is important to spread awareness of this throughout society at large. Foster carers are not just people with a spare room -kindly folk ‘doing their bit’. The objective has to be to support and encourage the knowledge and confidence of foster carers. As the leading fostering charity, The Fostering Network, states carers should…

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Foster carers and the need for knowledge about county lines – Foster Parents Article

Foster carers face the challenge – like all parents – of having to keep abreast of the myriad number of risks that face children and young people. In the UK, county lines are increasingly becoming a problem in our towns and cities. Vulnerable children and that clearly includes foster children, are being ruthlessly exploited. What does the term ‘County Lines’ actually mean? It describes the activities of drug gangs based in the cities who conduct their activities in smaller towns.…

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Foster the recognition that wisdom is what really counts – Foster Parents Article

Foster carers are the kind of people that need to have a very particular blend of attributes. Ask someone unconnected with fostering as to what these might be, and kindness and compassion will be high if not top of the list. Those involved with fostering provision professionally equally well know that resilience and organisation are key qualities. But there is one more quality that is mentioned far less. And it’s one needed across the board in all walks of life…

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Foster care role needs a greater degree of clarification – Foster Parents Article

Foster carers will be aware that this is #CareDay20 – a special day celebrating the achievements of care experienced people the world over. It is true, many such children and young people have accomplished great things in life. It is equally true that many foster children do not reach their full potential. This is no reflection on the incredible work done by the country’s foster carers. It reveals just how disadvantaged children coming into the care system usually are. Most…

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Foster carers files: glimpse the everyday world of fostering 7 – Foster Parents Article

Foster carers are well aware that part of the job means being able to expect the unexpected. This is what makes fostering a challenge. ‘Ups and Downs’ is the cliche all foster carers get used to. There are big dramas, then there are the smaller things that happen. It’s often these that can shed light on the nature of a child or young person in your care. And it’s sometimes the smallest things can make a particular foster child or…

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