Foster care Manchester

Foster carers will heed concerns about the educational divide – Foster Parents Article

Foster carers will doubtless heed the concerns of the children’s commissioner that the government is in its rush to get business back on its feet overlooking the effects of lockdown on schools.  Fostering children is challenging: in recent months, being a foster carer has probably been more challenging than ever before. Carers, like all parents, depend upon schools to provide daily structure and routine for children. The importance of this cannot be overstated for the many foster children whose lives…

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Foster carers Laura and Oliver recount their story – Foster Parents Article

Foster carers Laura and Oliver have been with Rainbow for three years. They have their own birth child but became interested in fostering when friends of theirs; also foster carers, were caring for a sibling group. Being close friends, this meant that Laura and Oliver had close contact with what was a more-or-less instant family. From day one, they could see all the problems and challenges – but they could also see what it meant to keep a family of…

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Foster carers Phil and Amanda recount their story – Foster Parents Article

Foster carers Phil, 42, and Amanda, 38, had been approved to foster for just a month when the phone rang, a referral was sent and they were ready – as ready as you ever are – to receive their first fostering placement. The couple who had met on holiday twelve years previously live with their ten-year-old son, Rolly.  The last member of the family is a tabby cat called Edgar. Phil and Amanda have had the idea of becoming foster…

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Foster Care Fortnight gets underway this week – Foster Parents Article

Foster Care Fortnight is the annual awareness campaign by the Fostering sector’s largest charity. It is now up and running and this year’s theme is ‘This is Fostering’.  The campaign was originally established back in 1997. Its purpose is to showcase the passion, commitment and dedication of the nation’s carers. The campaign is also focused on supporting fostering services in their efforts to highlight all the different aspects of fostering. And just what a fantastic and positive impact it makes…

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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 experiencing a new educational paradigm – Foster Parents Article

Foster carers all understand the overriding importance of supporting a child or young person through their education. Apart from ensuring their day-to-day safety and wellbeing, this is central to the role of a foster carer. COVID-19 has launched us all into a completely new and unexpected world. Its effects have touched every aspect of our lives. And nowhere is this more true than the truncation of normal school life. The frenetic start to the day in family households all over…

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Foster care recruitment continues in unprecedented times – Foster Parents Article

Foster carers are hard to find. The need the country faces is to recruit more of them. The current shortfall of foster homes in the UK is over 8,000. Coronavirus has brought the country to an unprecedented halt. Some organisations have seen their activities come to an almost complete halt. But others have found new ways to continue by adapting their methods. And this is true of Rainbow where we are utilising online technology to continue to reach out to…

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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 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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