Fostering Service

Change a childs life for the better – Foster Parents Article

In a new series of interviews we have asked Progress foster carers why they foster care and how fostering changes lives. Jane has been caring for Fariha. This is her story. I have worked with and cared for young people with complex disabilities for over twenty years. I may be biased; but welcoming a young person into your home is hugely rewarding, especially when you see the positive impact you are having on their life. It is an absolute pleasure…

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Why I foster: Joanna’s story – Foster Parents Article

In a new series of interviews we will be asking Progress foster carers why they choose to foster and why despite some challenges, fostering can bring a lot of joy. Here’s Joanna’s story. You don’t help someone to get a pat on the back. My husband and I foster because we love it. Seeing a child smile because of the support we have given them makes us so happy. For twenty-two years I was a primary school teacher, including a…

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Parent and child fostering – what is it? Foster with Progress today – Foster Parents Article

3rd January 2020 Parent and child fostering is a unique type of fostering where a parent (usually a mother) and baby comes to stay with you at a time when they need extra support.   There is also the possibility the parent could be a father and sometimes you may end up looking after both (mother and father). If the parent is an adult it’s only the child who is looked after. However, if the parent is under 18 both…

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What Our Foster Carers Say – Foster Parents Article

17th October 2019 We know how much time and emotional investment it takes to become a foster carer. From looking for a reputable independent fostering agency to going through panel, it is important that you are comfortable with the people around you. We have close relationships with our foster carers and are there to support them at any given time. At their latest foster carers annual review, the Independent Reviewing Officer (IRO) asked Progress’s foster carers about their experiences with…

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Ofsted Report | We Are An Ofsted Rated ‘Good’ Agency! – Foster Parents Article

Posted on 16th October 2019 by Beth Owen Ofsted Inspection Hi! It’s Ash here, the Registered Manager at Lorimer Fostering. I wanted to let you all know about our experience with our most recent Ofsted Inspection. As you may or may not know, fostering is what’s called a ‘regulated activity’, providing stable, caring homes for children and young people who, for a variety of different reasons, are no longer able to live at home. As such, we are inspected by Ofsted on…

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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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