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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A foster carer recalls – ‘Pumpkins wear seat-belts too.’ – Foster Parents Article

Foster carers can always rely these days on a special event or anniversary in the calendar that will provide entertainment or activities for the children they care for. As we approach the end of October and the nights draw in, Halloween is now only a few days away…  The blogs in this series offer brief insights into the lives of some of our foster families. Charlotte, a carer who has been with us for five years having transferred from another…

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Ofsted Report | We Are An Ofsted Rated ‘Good’ Agency! – Foster Parents Article

Posted on 16th October 2019 by Beth Owen Ofsted Inspection Hi! It’s Ash here, the Registered Manager at Lorimer Fostering. I wanted to let you all know about our experience with our most recent Ofsted Inspection. As you may or may not know, fostering is what’s called a ‘regulated activity’, providing stable, caring homes for children and young people who, for a variety of different reasons, are no longer able to live at home. As such, we are inspected by Ofsted on…

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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 carers need to argue for strict control of smartphones – Foster Parents Article

Foster carers will recall that in the year of the great fostering debate – 2018 – which yielded the foster care stocktake, much was made about the status; presumes or otherwise of foster carers. There was plenty of argument that foster carers should be regarded as professionals for the work that they do. And much pressure for that to be instigated. Many noted that the authors of the stocktake were against this. This was a reaction reminiscent of Canute the…

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Fostering Poem | Fostering – By Ashley M. Ackerman – Foster Parents Article

Yesterday was National Poetry Day, so we are a little late to the party! But we wanted to share this heartwarming fostering poem with you that was passed on to us by one of our lovely foster carers. In her own words, “It just says it all.” And we agree! Have a read of the fantastic fostering poem below:Be careful they told me, You might get hurt. I was surprised by the unkind words So many people would blurt.  …

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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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Birth Child Stories: Meet Natasha – Foster Parents Article

Posted on 20th September 2019 by Beth Owen BIRTH CHILD STORIES When people make the transition to become Foster Carers it doesn’t just have an impact on them, but it also impacts on the entire family including their own birth children. As a foster carer you are allocated a Supervising Social Worker to support you, as a looked after foster child you are allocated a Social Worker to support you too but for a birth child they can often feel invisible to…

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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 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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