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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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Foster confidence and responsibility by adding a pet – Foster Parents Article

Foster carers can pretty much be split into two groups. Those that have family pets and those that don’t. Okay, so not everyone likes the idea of an animal in their home. That’s okay. It’s a free country. And anyone who ever had a puppy will know that doors get chewed – along with shoes and just about everything else that comes to hand – or rather paw. But for those who are chewing over the idea of introducing a…

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Foster Care applicants and the Initial Home Visit 1 – Foster Parents Article

Foster care is it for me? Well, you’ve probably spent plenty of time contemplating becoming a foster carer. You might even have approached a fostering agency (hopefully ours); provided some basic information about your life and circumstances. And if you have progressed this far, you will have been told that the next key stage – providing you wish to proceed with your application  – will be the initial home visit. So now you’ll be thinking about what your initial home…

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Foster Carers should note the rise in school exclusions – Foster Parents Article

Foster carers will understand that they are mostly dealing with some of the most disadvantaged children and young people in the country. Often described as vulnerable, we need to understand just how all-encompassing this term is. After all, such children are disadvantaged in so many different ways compared to their peers. One of the mantras of our age has been ‘equality of opportunity’. Certainly, considerable focus has been given to this in the workplace. This is because there were plenty…

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Foster more support for those ageing out of care – Foster Parents Article

Foster carers – along with everyone else involved in fostering provision – will recall the words earlier in the year of Children and Families Minister Nadhim Zahawi. He identified projects that will provide support and options for foster children as they leave care. These young people were, it was asserted, be helped to choose between either going into education, training or employment. And to be fair, there are now choices for youngsters as ‘Staying Put’ is firmly in place. The…

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Foster care & how to promote anti-bullying in schools 1 – Foster Parents Article

Foster carers are likely to be aware of the annual Anti-Bullying Campaign week promoted by the Anti-Bullying Alliance. This year the theme was ‘Change Starts With Us’ and will be promoted in schools right across England. Everyone in society, not just parents and foster carers has to be concerned about bullying. Indeed, it is not only children who are affected by it. Many adults suffer the consequences of bullying too. But if the problem can be tackled in schools, we…

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Foster carers should know there are benefits to having pets 2 – Foster Parents Article

Foster carers like so many others may have a pet in their household – or possibly more than one. This is not surprising since we regard ourselves as a nation of animal lovers. One has only to think of that famous lyric penned by that most quintessential of Englishman, Noel Coward, “Mad dogs and Englishmen Go out in the midday sun” to get some idea of the part pets do play in our lives. Coward was an extraordinary polymath: actor,…

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Foster children can carry negative experiences through school – Foster Parents Article

Foster carers will be interested in research conducted by Stirling University. Their Permanently Progressing study reveals that over eighty per cent of youngsters entering Scotland’s care system have experienced significant abuse and/or neglect. This has to be extremely concerning as it is considerably higher than the figure that is given for the UK as a whole. This is recorded as slightly over sixty-five per cent of children coming into care being traumatised as a result of abuse and/or neglect. There…

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Foster carers should know there are benefits to having pets 1 – Foster Parents Article

Foster care agencies are likely to have carers that have pets in their homes. Just like any other family, a fair number of fostering families keep pets. Applicants wanting to become foster carers will be asked if they own pets as part of the recruitment process. It’s important to list all pets of all types that are in the home. All will be assessed in terms of any potential risk they may present. Obviously the risk posed by a goldfish is…

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Foster carers will be familiar with a special October campaign – Foster Parents Article

Foster carers will be familiar with a special campaign that the leading charity, The Fostering Network, runs every October. This is their ‘Sons and Daughters’ month which recognises the valuable input that birth children in fostering families contribute by welcoming foster children into their homes. This year the charity has chosen for its theme #Fostering Teaches You. The Fostering Network is the leading charity representing the interests and needs of all children who come into the care system. Every October,…

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