Fostering children

Fostering Statistics 2019 UK – How Many Foster Carers are There? – Foster Parents Article

Foster Carers play a critical part in the lives and upbringing of thousands upon thousands of children in care in the UK. But just how many foster carers are there?    How many of us would consider being a Foster Carer? According to our recent Google Survey (500 adults in the UK questioned between 11th and 14th August 2019), just over 40% would be at least open to the idea of taking on the role of Foster Carer, while almost…

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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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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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Parenting a Child with a Trauma History – Foster Parents Article

Posted on September 19, 2019 by Plummer Youth Promise Every child in foster care has a trauma history. Something has taken place which made it unsafe for them to remain in the care of their family. And, they have moved to a new home to live with a new family. Many children in foster care have made multiple moves between foster families and group care. These events make up a foster child’s trauma history. As a result of trauma, especially…

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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 carers diary: a memorable day out for siblings – Foster Parents Article

Foster carers diary: Foster parent Mike writes about a family day out. Foster care at Rainbow Fostering is all about being hugely committed to the idea that all our foster carers commit themselves to giving the children they care for a stimulating, memorable experience. This means participating in the wide range of activities that we provide – as well as days out and trips. Childhood is a special time. All children deserve to have happy memories to look back on:…

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Foster Care 2019 Campaign: “What a two weeks!” – Foster Parents Article

Foster care has just had a huge amount of exposure. This is the result of The Fostering Network’s annual campaign, which created a huge amount of interest and enthusiasm around fostering. The #changeafuture theme neatly summed up what lies at the heart of foster care. People who are involved in fostering provision up and down the country came up with innovative and imaginative ways of supporting the campaign. At Rainbow Fostering, it was especially satisfying to support #changeafuture in what…

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