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Become a short breaks foster carer – Foster Parents Article

Short Breaks Foster care is a temporary placement while future plans for the child / young person(s) are confirmed. A placement can last from a few days to a few months. But how does this all work in reality? We spoke to one of our foster carers Sally on her experiences (the name Harvey has been created to protect the child’s identity).   Sally and Mark with their Progress Supervisor Social Worker: Michelle Why Short breaks fostering? My name is…

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Which Foster Agency Do You Choose – Foster Parents Article

Deciding which foster agency to choose can be hard. There are so many factors to consider. Charlotte is currently waiting to become a foster carer for Progress and spoke to us about the process she went through in deciding which foster agency to choose. What is your day job? I am an assistant headteacher in a mainstream secondary school, with responsibility for special educational needs and disability, known  as SEND, along with inclusion. My primary role is to help young people with…

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What foster care means – Apply to be a foster carer today – Foster Parents Article

9th April 2019 To foster care you provide a family life for children who are unable to live with their own parents. Across the UK, foster carers open their hearts and homes to children in need of love, care and attention. Sara has been a long time foster carer for Progress and spoke to us about what foster care means for her. Foster care isn’t like raising your own children no matter what anyone tries to convince you. Your own children haven’t felt themselves…

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Q&A: Why foster care? – Apply to be Progress foster carer today – Foster Parents Article

Lola is currently going through an assessment to become foster carer. Having been through the process before, we spoke to her about her experiences and the big question: why foster care? What is your day job? I currently work as a senior social work assistant in a ‘Child in Care’ team in the West Midlands.  As part of my position, I support a group of social workers by arranging contact for looked-after children and their families. How long have you been fostering? I…

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Foster Carers’ Story: Toni and Ashley – Foster Parents Article

The names of the foster children have been changed to protect their identity. ‘We are happy because they are happy,’ says Ashley who gave up his job to foster twin boys with autism. ‘We say this is our family and we feel really close to them. We call them our boys.’ The twins came into residential care with Progress when they were 11 years old, following a foster care placement that had broken down. Oliver struggles with social understanding and…

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A New Member Of Our Senior Team – Margaret Hopkins – Foster Parents Article

Progress are thrilled to welcome our outstanding home manager Margaret Hopkins into the senior management team Before joining Progress as a support worker, Margaret was a foster carer for 22 years. Her magic was quickly recognised here and she progressed to senior, deputy and then registered manager. Over her 16 years with Progress, she has supported staff to care for young people with Autism and behaviours that challenge, through to children with profound disabilities and complex health care needs. Not…

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Progress Foster Carers Awards Lunch – Foster Parents Article

Posted 12th March 2019by ahsan Foster carers are ordinary people doing extraordinary things… Opening your home and ultimately your heart to someone else’s child is not easy, but is a hugely rewarding experience. Celebrating this together is important, because our foster carers make it possible for Progress to contribute to improving the lives and outcomes of many children in our care. These amazing people welcome children into their homes, families, lives and are invested in their futures, supporting them through…

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A Foster Carer’s Story: Pauline – Foster Parents Article

It was late one evening when Sasha arrived. She was just a year-old, dressed in a pink padded coat and carried through the door. ‘She looked so scared and dirty,’ says Pauline who was there to open her heart and give her a home. Later as Pauline gently placed her in a warm bubble bath, Sasha smiled at her for the first time. For the next few months, she clung to Pauline, never wanting to be put down. Pauline was…

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