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Foster carers should be aware of the rising rates of obesity – Foster Parents Article

Foster carers will probably be aware that the issue of childhood obesity has again hit the headlines. And this is despite figures from Public Health England that were reported on in 2018 that indicated a record number of primary school children were leaving school severely obese. That equated to over 22,000 children – the highest level since records were started. Prior to the figures that showed 1 in  25 10-to-11-year-olds were severely obese, the rates of childhood obesity had in…

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Foster care and the role of social pedagogy 1 – Foster Parents Article

Foster care has been subjected to many different modes of thinking over recent years. Decades ago, there wasn’t a great deal of theorising. Fostering literally meant finding well-intentioned people who were prepared to make a spare room available for a child who could no longer live with their family. Times have changed and the world is a more complex place. For everyone involved in the provision of foster care, there will always be the need to keep abreast of new…

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Foster care finds its own special literary ambassador – Foster Parents Article

Foster carers will almost certainly have heard of Lemn Sissay by now. In the last year, he has become the ‘face of fostering’ – a trite, but popular term, for myriad activities or endeavours human beings engage in if judged to be all-knowing on that topic. And as he has recently been getting a lot of media attention, it’s fortunate he has such an engaging and winning manner. Because that’s what’s needed when it comes to firing up the debate…

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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 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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Fostering options needed for children with autism – Foster Parents Article

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…

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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 ‘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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