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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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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 families needed in their thousands – Foster Parents Article

Foster care must remain in the spotlight for as long as possible following the success of The Fostering Network’s recent annual campaign – #changeafuture. this aimed to specifically highlight the positive results foster care can have in shaping the futures of fostered children and young people.The leading charity has just published its most recent figures for the number of fostering families needed. This figure stands at 8,500 for the UK. Every year the fostering charity calculates recruitment targets. These factor…

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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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Foster care ‘successes’ provide an ongoing inspiration 6 – Foster Parents Article

Introduction. Foster carers are likely to be aware that we’re now at the halfway point of the Annual Foster Care Fortnight. The Fostering Network has been busy promoting all the aspects of foster care to be considered. In their blog today, well worth reading, they cover the urgent need for more people to come forward to foster teenagers and sibling groups. They also stress the need to find foster parents for children with additional needs. Look out for the hashtags…

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Foster care ‘successes’ provide an ongoing inspiration 5 – Foster Parents Article

Introduction. Foster care will be very much in the limelight as we enter the second week of the leading foster care charity’s annual campaign. The theme for this year is #changeafuture. And at the halfway stage, The Fostering Network is sure to be pleased by the attention and focus the campaign has concentrated on foster care. It will have also made people think about the whole issue of children in care. We have had a fostering stock take and fostering…

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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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