Please see below for details of when The Fostering Network’s help and advice lines are closed over the Christmas period.

In response to the news that The Fostering Network has received funding from The Scottish Government’s Children, Young People and Families Early Intervention and Adult Learning and Empowering Communities Fund, Sara Lurie, director of The Fostering Network Scotland, said: ‘We are delighted to have received new core funding from the Scottish Government.

Kevin Williams, chief executive of The Fostering Network, said in response to an opinion piece published in The Times* and written by Alice Thomson: 

Kevin Williams, chief executive of The Fostering Network, said in response to the publication of research from the University of Lancaster: “We know that when some people who become parents are not provided with appropriate support, then there is a huge risk that their children will become subject to care proceedings. It is especially vital that people who have already had a child taken into care receive support that meets their individual needs to ensure that their risk of becoming pregnant, until they are in a position to best support a child, is reduced.

The Fostering Network in Wales has published a new resource aimed at answering questions regarding the implementation of When I am Ready amendment, part of Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act, which comes into force in April 2016.

Kevin Williams, chief executive of The Fostering Network, says in response to the release of today’s Ofsted figures on children in foster care: “The Fostering Network believes that with a rising number of children coming into foster care, and a reduction in the number of fostering households, the Government in Westminster cannot continue to promote its hierarchy of care which has seen major investment in adoption while fostering has received little.

The Fostering Network welcomes the publication of a new report that shows that stable foster care is providing a boost to the educational achievements of children and young people, compared with those who are in need and stay living with troubled families, a new report has revealed.

The Fostering Network is proud to have been awarded the Children and Young People Now ‘Children in Care Award’ for our London Fostering Achievement programme, delivered in partnership with Achievement for All.

The Fostering Network is delighted to today be welcoming HRH The Duchess of Cambridge to the 2015 Fostering Excellence Awards to celebrate the role of the fostering community in providing support to children and young people.

Pandas and penguins at Edinburgh Zoo were joined by around 250 foster carers and fostered children on Sunday 15 November at The Fostering Network Scotland’s Big Day Out.

The event was organised to celebrate the work of foster carers after a successful first 12-months of the Fostering Community Champions project. The day was an opportunity for the fostering community from throughout Scotland to make new connections, learn more about the project and The Fostering Network, and most importantly have some fun.