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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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Loneliness Awareness Week | Loneliness in Children & Young People – Foster Parents Article

Posted on 21st June 2019 by Beth Owen An infographic on loneliness in children & young people | Loneliness Awareness Week What is Loneliness? “A subjective, unwelcome feeling of lack or loss of companionship, which happens when we have a mismatch between the quantity and quality of social relationships that we have, and those that we want.” Loneliness Awareness Week Loneliness is a feeling that can be experienced by anyone. It is common for isolation and loneliness to be seen as…

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#ChangeAFuture | Rachael’s Story | Foster Care Fortnight – Foster Parents Article

Posted on 20th May 2019 by Beth Owen The theme for this years Foster Care Fortnight campaign ran by leading fostering charity The Fostering Network is ‘#ChangeAFuture’. Changing futures is something we know all of our foster carers strive to do. They work with the young people who live with them every day to make sure that they achieve their goals. The aim of the #ChangeAFuture campaign is to showcase the commitment, passion and dedication of foster carers. We spoke with Rachael,…

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Becoming A Foster Carer | Foster Care Fortnight – Foster Parents Article

Posted on 16th May 2019 by Beth Owen BECOMING A FOSTER CARER If you’ve clicked on this article then it probably means you’ve thought long and hard about becoming a foster carer. You will have talked to your family and friends to seek their support and endorsement. Well done! Reaching this milestone is significant and you are already on your way to making a difference to young people’s lives. Below, we have described our process for approving foster carers. Each…

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What Is Fostering? | Foster Care Fortnight – Foster Parents Article

Posted on 14th May 2019 by Beth Owen WHAT IS FOSTERING? So, what is fostering exactly? Put simply, fostering is looking after a young person, who happens to be in the care system, in your own home. Looked after children enter the care system for a variety of reasons, usually due to no fault of their own. They can be very young babies, right up to teenagers on the brink of adulthood. Being a foster carer means that you offer…

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Birth Child Stories: Meet Zoe | Blog Series – Foster Parents Article

Posted on 29th March 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. 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 social…

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World Social Work Day | Interviewing a Social Worker – Foster Parents Article

Posted on 19th March 2019 by Beth Owen World Social Work Day To mark World Social Work Day, Lorimer Fostering thought, what is the best way to find out what life is really like being a Social Worker?! So, we grabbed one of our long-standing Social Workers, two cups of tea, biscuits and interrogated her! Louise Mason, Supervising Social Worker Louise has been an employee at Lorimer Fostering since December 2005. She has been both an Assessing Social Worker and a…

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