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 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 a unique opportunity to support literacy – Foster Parents Article

Foster carers – and this will be the same for all parents – are subject to routines. Modern-day living is frenetic. That’s just a fact. We have information overload, work overload and just about every other kind of overload you can think of. The current pandemic is spawning its own vocabulary and phraseology: times are always unprecedented because no two days are ever alike – wherever you are. Notwithstanding this, ‘challenging’ and ‘unprecedented’ are terms entering the consciousness our everyday…

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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 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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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 the idea of university as a choice – Foster Parents Article

Foster carers are all conscious of the responsibility that they have for children in their care. And it’s not just the day to day responsibilities that have to be addressed, there is the long term need to support their goals and ambitions. Foster children are from the start, hugely disadvantaged. Almost by definition, they arrive in care bereft of any ambition. Is that surprising? Very many will have experienced the kind of neglect that means they don’t even get fed…

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