Fostering Blog

Investing in Children membership award for London and East Fostering Team – Foster Parents Article

The children said they enjoyed a rap workshop and would like to do more The annual Investing in Children Membership Award™ recognises how our Fostering Services promote young people’s participation in dialogue, decision-making and change regarding the care and support they receive. Children and young people have to provide the evidence for the organisation and endorse the report because it is a children’s and young people’s award.    The latest Five Rivers Fostering services team to pass the test is London…

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Hartlepool foster Mum calls for more people to consider foster care – Foster Parents Article

As part of Foster Care Fortnight, two of our carers, Jean and Hossein Shenava are sharing their story in the hope it will inspire more people to consider foster care. Jean, 60, and her husband, Hossein, 65, from Hartlepool, have been fostering for three and half years and specialise in parent and child placements, which involves looking after a young parent and their baby, on a short-term basis, to help them stay together as a family unit and help the…

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Building good relationships between the police and children in foster care – Foster Parents Article

Our London and East fostering service has built up a good relationship with their local Essex constabulary. Earlier this year three of our young people in fostering participated in a Police talk at our offices in Romford.  Two lovely, friendly Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs), Pete and Jackie, were invited to give a presentation of a number important topics including:  How to behave on public transport Online safeguarding Gangs/County Lines/Drugs  Knife Crime Exploitation  Stranger Danger  Personal safeguarding awareness Law and…

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South and South East Fostering Team raise £607 for NSPCC! – Foster Parents Article

  On Sunday 15th March, Five Rivers Senior Practitioner, Rachel Rose, and Foster carer, Phillip Barnes, conquered their fears and abseiled down Arundel Castle to raise funds for the NSPCC. Rachel shares her experience: I can’t believe it’s been a fortnight since I dangled myself by a rope from the top of Arundel Castle Tower. I say I dangled myself off – we controlled our own descent but there were some very experienced abseilers at the top ensuring we didn’t…

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Benny’s March Blog: Inspiring Young People on Care Day  – Foster Parents Article

Benny says “I may be a bit soft – but I am no dummy!” Hi guys, it’s Benny the Bear here to tell you about a truly amazing achievement by young people which happened on the biggest day in the calendar for children in care – Care Day,  21st February 2020. Care Day happens every year in February half term and shines a light on the lives and achievements of care experienced people. This year Caitlin*, a young person in…

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Investing in Children membership award for Midlands and North Fostering Team – Foster Parents Article

“One of our ideas was to do more story work to share with others about how being in care is ok – which is starting to happen!”   Five Rivers fostered child, Investing in Children evaluation, February 2020   Great news! Our Five Rivers Fostering team in the Midlands and North has been accredited with the Investing in Children kite mark for the third year running. The assessor interviewed eight young people and asked if the fostering support team should receive…

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Bath foster Dad calls on LGBT+ community to consider fostering – Foster Parents Article

To mark LGBT+ History Month, which runs throughout February, we spoke to one of our foster carers, Mark McCready, about his fostering experiences. Mark, 47, first considered fostering when he was in his late teens. Having realised he was gay at a young age, Mark thought becoming a foster carer would enable him to have a family of his own and to be a dad to children and young people in need. Reflecting on his decision to become a foster…

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Foster children raise money for children at the Royal Cornwall Hospital – Foster Parents Article

A group of our foster children, aged between seven and 16, organised a charity bike ride to raise funds to buy presents for children staying in the Royal Cornwall Hospital over the Christmas period. The children and young people who took part are all currently in foster care through our Cornwall office in Truro. The idea to host the charity bike ride came from two young people in care during a Make a Difference meeting. The meetings are made up…

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Five Rivers Young People at the First Ever Care Experienced Conference | Five Rivers Child Care – Foster Parents Article

This story is from Fostering Support Worker Paul Revis of our Chesterfield Office: “On Friday, 26th April, I had the privilege of accompanying K. one of our young people, to the first Care Experienced Conference to be held in the UK – at the Liverpool Hope University.  This was an opportunity for care experienced people of all ages, from all four corners of the UK, Ireland, Channel Islands and even Australia, to make their voices heard. “Throughout the day a…

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Learn more about fostering in Southampton from a local foster carer | Five Rivers Child Care – Foster Parents Article

What’s happening? An information evening where you can learn more about fostering opportunities in Southampton and the surrounding areas. When? 6pm to 8.30pm Thursday 13 June 2019 Where? Hotel IBIS, 9 West Quay Road, SO15 1RA Full details: Have you ever considered fostering a child or young person in need, but have questions to ask before taking the next steps? Come and meet our Southampton team over a cup of coffee to find out more about the incredible career as…

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