Foster a sense of the value of accessing the arts – Foster Parents Article

Foster carers will at some point be challenged to get the paints out – especially if it’s a wet afternoon. But do we need the Arts? If we do, how do they fit into a world where social media dominates. Questions that might not immediately spring to the mind of a foster carer trying to make sure the paint stays on the paper and not on the walls. And who said that fostering a child would not entail a riot…

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Foster carers need to be aware of stress levels – Foster Parents Article

Foster carers will know a thing or two about stress. Fostering children – often described as challenging and rewarding, which it is – is also stressful. Caring for any child will mean some degree of stress on a day-to-day basis. That goes with the turf. One of the best ways of dealing with stress is simply to be aware of it. Review and reflect is a useful habit to get into. That way the effects of stress can at least…

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Foster carers diary: a memorable day out for siblings – Foster Parents Article

Foster carers diary: Foster parent Mike writes about a family day out. Foster care at Rainbow Fostering is all about being hugely committed to the idea that all our foster carers commit themselves to giving the children they care for a stimulating, memorable experience. This means participating in the wide range of activities that we provide – as well as days out and trips. Childhood is a special time. All children deserve to have happy memories to look back on:…

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Foster families needed in their thousands – Foster Parents Article

Foster care must remain in the spotlight for as long as possible following the success of The Fostering Network’s recent annual campaign – #changeafuture. this aimed to specifically highlight the positive results foster care can have in shaping the futures of fostered children and young people.The leading charity has just published its most recent figures for the number of fostering families needed. This figure stands at 8,500 for the UK. Every year the fostering charity calculates recruitment targets. These factor…

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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 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 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 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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