fostering young children

Foster carers files: glimpse the everyday world of fostering 7 – Foster Parents Article

Foster carers are well aware that part of the job means being able to expect the unexpected. This is what makes fostering a challenge. ‘Ups and Downs’ is the cliche all foster carers get used to. There are big dramas, then there are the smaller things that happen. It’s often these that can shed light on the nature of a child or young person in your care. And it’s sometimes the smallest things can make a particular foster child or…

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Foster Care applicants and the Initial Home Visit 1 – Foster Parents Article

Foster care is it for me? Well, you’ve probably spent plenty of time contemplating becoming a foster carer. You might even have approached a fostering agency (hopefully ours); provided some basic information about your life and circumstances. And if you have progressed this far, you will have been told that the next key stage – providing you wish to proceed with your application  – will be the initial home visit. So now you’ll be thinking about what your initial home…

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Foster carers should know there are benefits to having pets 1 – Foster Parents Article

Foster care agencies are likely to have carers that have pets in their homes. Just like any other family, a fair number of fostering families keep pets. Applicants wanting to become foster carers will be asked if they own pets as part of the recruitment process. It’s important to list all pets of all types that are in the home. All will be assessed in terms of any potential risk they may present. Obviously the risk posed by a goldfish is…

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Foster carers will be familiar with a special October campaign – Foster Parents Article

Foster carers will be familiar with a special campaign that the leading charity, The Fostering Network, runs every October. This is their ‘Sons and Daughters’ month which recognises the valuable input that birth children in fostering families contribute by welcoming foster children into their homes. This year the charity has chosen for its theme #Fostering Teaches You. The Fostering Network is the leading charity representing the interests and needs of all children who come into the care system. Every October,…

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A foster carer recalls – ‘Pumpkins wear seat-belts too.’ – Foster Parents Article

Foster carers can always rely these days on a special event or anniversary in the calendar that will provide entertainment or activities for the children they care for. As we approach the end of October and the nights draw in, Halloween is now only a few days away…  The blogs in this series offer brief insights into the lives of some of our foster families. Charlotte, a carer who has been with us for five years having transferred from another…

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Foster care for sibling groups: the key issues explored – Foster Parents Article

For everyone concerned with the process, of providing foster care, it’s well known that it’s important for siblings groups to remain together where possible. This is what siblings want themselves. They say so. But there are circumstances where siblings cannot be placed together. This is usually because there may be concerns about certain patterns of behaviour or risk. Social workers always strive to keep siblings under the same roof. This is because they know that for a child, contact with…

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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 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 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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