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A fantastic two weeks of celebration

Proud to foster and proud to support fostering. Here is Kevin Williams, The Fostering Network's chief executive, closing statement as Foster Care FortnightTM draws to an end after two fabulous weeks.

By N B Lakhani on May,24th 2018

What to expect once you've become a foster carer

Fantastic, you’ve been through the process of pre-approval training, assessment and panel and now you’ve been approved as a foster carer. That’s great news. But what can you expect next?

By Daniel.Sinclairtfn on May,23rd 2018

How to become a foster carer

So, you’ve made the decision that you’d like to become a foster carer. You think you have the right skills and experience, you have the desire to offer a safe and caring home to a child or young person…and, of course, you have a spare room. Now what happens?

Becoming a foster carer will typically take around eight months from the first enquiry. There is a series of visits and assessments with a social worker before and final interview with a panel which will make a decision as to whether you will be approved to foster.

This sounds quite onerous, but it’s a very important part of your fostering journey – it gives you plenty of time to ask questions and reflect on what it will mean being a foster carer (not just for you, but for your family and friends), and allows your fostering service to ensure that you are going to be a good foster carer.

This blog gives a summary of the various stages of becoming a foster carer. For more comprehensive information read our frequently asked questions.

By N B Lakhani on May,21st 2018

With such a great need for foster families, who can foster?

There is currently a need for at least 8,100 new fostering families in the UK over the next 12 months to ensure that every child entering foster care can live with a family which meet their needs. There is a specific need for foster carers to look after teenagers, sibling groups and children with disabilities. Without more people coming forward to foster there will be less choice for fostering services which could result in children facing considerable disruption such as being sent out of their local area to live – away from their support networks including friends, teachers and extended family.
By Daniel.Sinclairtfn on May,15th 2018

Who needs fostering?

Every 20 minutes a child comes into care in the UK in need of a foster family to look after them for as long as they need it – sometimes a few days, other times a whole childhood.

By Daniel.Sinclairtfn on May,13th 2018

Foster carer makes it into top 50 Gloucestershire women of all time

It's not every day your name is mentioned in the same breath as the likes of Lily Allen, Dame Jilly Cooper, and Princess Anne. Which is why respite foster carer, Vanessa Worrall, has every reason to be proud after being nominated in Citizen and Echo’s list of Gloucestershire’s 50 Greatest Women of All Time. 

Vanessa has made a name for herself working in the community as a youth worker and now project manager at Together In Matson for two decades. Two years ago, she brought all her experience and knowledge of working with young people to the table and became a carer with Community Foster Care. The Fostering Network catches up with Vanessa to hear what she has to say about fostering.

By N B Lakhani on May,11th 2018

12 reasons foster carers are #morethanaparent

It took many years for foster parents to habitually be called foster carers. At the Fostering Network we thought this a significant and positive change in language because it reflected an increased understanding of the role. The responsibility – and the complexity – of the task has grown exponentially over the four decades the network has been in existence, and the change of title was an important step in recognising this.

But following the fostering stocktake in England, that important change appears to have been undone.  Over the last couple of months the Department for Education and others appear to be using the term “foster parents” as their descriptor of choice.

By Daniel.Sinclairtfn on April,9th 2018

Covering all ground – insuring your home as a foster carer

Things can get a little tricky when it comes to home insurance for foster carers. This is especially the case when it comes to making claims, particularly for intentional damage. Having the right home insurance is vital for peace of mind.
By Daniel.Sinclairtfn on March,6th 2018