Useful Resources

Always Heard Helpline for Children & Young People – Foster Parents Article

Posted on 5th May 2020 by Beth Owen What is the Always Heard helpline? Always Heard is the national advocacy helpline and safety net for care experienced children and young people aged 0 up to 25 years old in England. The helpline is delivered by Coram Voice, a leading children’s rights organisation who champion the rights of young people. They get young voices heard in decisions that matter to them and work to improve the lives of children in care,…

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5 Things to do at Home with Young People this Easter – Foster Parents Article

Posted on 9th April 2020 by Beth Owen The Easter holidays are upon us, but things are a little different to normal this year. Whilst you might usually plan trips out with young people, you must now compromise and find fun things to do at home. We understand that this could be a little tricky, so we’ve listed 5 of our favourite Easter activities you can do at home with children and young people! Easter Egg (or Gruffalo!) Hunt A…

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Education for Children & Young People at Home – Foster Parents Article

Posted on 26th March 2020 by Beth Owen If you’re currently trying to homeschool, whilst also working from home, you might feel a little tested. So, if you’re finding education for children and young people hard right now, you may find some of these resources useful. Keeping a Routine In this time of need, there are many individuals who are trying to do their bit to help. We’ve collected together some of the most popular online lessons and classes that…

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Activities at Home to Keep Young People Busy – Foster Parents Article

Posted on 26th March 2020 by Beth Owen There are lots of different activities you can do at home with children and young people to help keep them busy. We’ve put some of our favourite ideas below to get you started! Paint some pebbles Get creative and paint some rocks!Why not grab some nice smooth pebbles and some acrylic paint and let your young people get creative! Painting can be a great way to pass some time, and is super…

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Self-Care for Children and Young People – Foster Parents Article

Posted on 18th March 2020 by Beth Owen Sometimes, when you’re struggling, it can be hard to know how to look after yourself. You might have had a bad day, or you could be going through a difficult situation. You know you don’t feel as happy, or maybe as full of energy as usual, but you don’t know what to do about it. This is where self-care comes in to things. What is self-care? Self-care is when you actively do…

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Spotlight ON: LGBT Fostering | Lorimer Fostering – Foster Parents Article

Posted on 4th March 2020 by Beth Owen This month (2nd-8th March, in particular) a series of events are taking place throughout the UK for members of the LGBT+ community who are interested in adoption or fostering. This is an annual event, aimed at giving the LGBT+ community a window into the world of fostering and adoption if it is a path they are considering. As an inclusive fostering agency, here at Lorimer Fostering, we accept applications from people no…

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Fostering Poem | Fostering – By Ashley M. Ackerman – Foster Parents Article

Yesterday was National Poetry Day, so we are a little late to the party! But we wanted to share this heartwarming fostering poem with you that was passed on to us by one of our lovely foster carers. In her own words, “It just says it all.” And we agree! Have a read of the fantastic fostering poem below:Be careful they told me, You might get hurt. I was surprised by the unkind words So many people would blurt.  …

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Birth Child Stories: Meet Natasha – Foster Parents Article

Posted on 20th September 2019 by Beth Owen BIRTH CHILD STORIES When people make the transition to become Foster Carers it doesn’t just have an impact on them, but it also impacts on the entire family including their own birth children. As a foster carer you are allocated a Supervising Social Worker to support you, as a looked after foster child you are allocated a Social Worker to support you too but for a birth child they can often feel invisible to…

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County Lines | What Is It & What Are The Signs? – Foster Parents Article

Posted on 30th August 2019 by Beth Owen COUNTY LINES You may have seen the term ‘county lines’ being used a lot recently. Especially in relation to young people and children in foster care. According to the Home Office, county lines is a term used to: “describe gangs and organised criminal networks involved in exporting illegal drugs into one or more importing areas within the UK, using dedicated mobile phone lines or other forms of “deal line”. They are likely to exploit children and vulnerable adults to move and…

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Working and Fostering | Is it Possible? – Foster Parents Article

Posted on 30th July 2019 by Beth Owen BEING A FOSTER CARER You can become a foster carer whether you’re unemployed, self-employed or working – as long as you have sufficient time available to meet the needs of the child or children placed with you. Foster carers are expected to be available to care for children, attend meetings, training, support groups, and to promote and support contact between a child and their birth family. You must be sure that you…

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