Foster Care Services

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 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 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 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 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 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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