Fostering Children - Foster Care News
Up to date news and information about fostering children in the UK.
Find out all about fostering children, how to apply to become a foster carer, the assessment process, allowances and the support provided.
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4 December 2013 Last updated at 08:18 GMT Foster children may stay with carers until age 21 The government says children need to be given sufficient time to prepare for life after care Children in care in England will be able to stay with their foster families until their 21st birthday, rather than having to…
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There are more than 62,000 children living with foster families across the UK and more than 9,000 new foster carers are needed every year. Find out more
Foster Carers are responsible for working in partnership with their Agency and Local Authorities to provide a safe, secure and nurturing family environment, allowing children to stay in contact with their own families if appropriate.
Carers are required for children and young people aged between 0-18 from a variety of different backgrounds, including specialised placements such as sibling groups, children with special needs and also parent and child placements.
You will need to have:
• The time and energy to invest in a child or young person
• A bedroom for the foster child
• Couples will need to arrange their working hours so that one carer can be available full time
• Single carers will need to be at home full-time, or have flexible, part-time and term time only employment or be able to work bank shifts
• Hold a full UK driving licence.
What might make people anxious about applying to become foster carers?
People interested in fostering might have a mistrust of social workers. They might not believe that they have the abilities to do the job and are usually unaware of how many new foster carers are needed every year. People usually don't know what is involved in being a foster carer and are worried about answering all the questions asked in the foster carer assessment.
Potential applicants can be worried about coping with the feelings of letting go when children return to their birth families and dealing with the range of behavioural issues foster children might have have. Following high profile cases of abuse of children in care covered by the media, people might be concerned about the risk of false allegations foster children might make against them or their family, and that friends might think they just want to make money from looking after children.
Who wants to become foster carers?
Most foster carers say that they wanted to foster because they felt they had something to offer from their own life experiences and a genuine concern for children.
Some said that because they had experienced social care themselves that they understood how abused children felt. Some foster carers became aware of the shortage of foster carers and so when their family circumstances allowed, such as when their own children had left home, they applied to foster. Some carers were unable to have their own children and wanted to extend their family.
Why do foster carers continue to foster?
Carers say they continue to foster because of the positive changes fostering has made in their lives and the satisfaction of seeing the children they care for settle down and start thriving. Carers express a sense of fulfilment from doing something worthwhile and making a difference to a child’s life. Contact us for more information
Foster Care News - UK
Fostering Agencies are looking for committed adults who can find room in their hearts and in their homes for children who cannot stay with their own family. Here at Foster Care News, our hope is that by advertising the need for more foster carers we can encourage people to consider a career as a foster carer.
Families who foster share the belief that every child who needs it, must have the chance to feel cared for in a secure and loving family whilst their future is decided. Here at Foster Care News you can find useful information about how to foster children, fostering allowances, short and long term fostering and how to find the right fostering agencies.
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UK Fostering News Week commencing 8th December 2013 Foster children will be able to remain with foster carers following a £40 million injection of funding and a new legal requirement on local authorities to provide support. All children emerging from the care system will be able to remain with their foster carer families after they…
Foster Parent recruitment 4 November 2013 Last updated at 19:12 GMT The former Liverpool FC captain Mark Wright has launched a major campaign to recruit 10,000 new foster carers across the country. Mark and his wife Sue have been fostering for five years, with the pair helping to promote the many rewards of becoming a foster…
24 October 2013 Last updated at 06:23 Christina Lester met Dame Kelly Holmes at the end of the six-month mentoring scheme An Armagh teenager who has been in care most of her life is one of 20 children to complete a UK-wide mentoring scheme headed by Dame Kelly Holmes. Despite her difficult background, Christina Lester has become…
Charity Chiefs Support Opportunity to Change Fostering Laws 40 charity chiefs and experts have written a letter to The Telegraph in a bid to get the House of Lords to change the law regarding foster care. The organisations argue that the change would give foster children a better start in adult life. Once foster children…
Fostering Children Charitable Donation Gives Fostering Charity a Cash Boost Fostering services in Salford have been given a much welcome cash boost thanks to a donation from a business. The charitable donation from Healthcare UK was given to the Caritas Diocese of Salford and the amount given was described as “significant”. The Caritas Diocese runs…
Foster children – The Importance of Health and Nutrition Foster carers should have a good basic understanding of the health needs of the children within their care, focusing on a holistic approach to health. They should specifically look at the physical, nutritional and emotional/ mental health aspects of health and the need for balance in…
Fostering Care News : Children in public care Statistics: England 67,050 children were in the care of local authorities on 31st March 2012 The rates of looked after children per 10,000 under 18 years on 31st March 2012 was 59 Gender 55% (37,020) of children looked after on 31st March 2012 were boys and 45%…
Choosing the right agencies – About 15% of foster carers give up fostering or transfer between Fostering Agencies every year because the foster carer’s relationship with their Agency or Local Authority has become problematic. Most often the cause can be traced back to the foster carer not comparing the services other Fostering Agencies had to…
Changing your current fostering agency Fostering Agencies are looking for committed adults who can find room in their hearts and in their homes for children who cannot stay with their own family. Here at Foster Care News, our hope is that by advertising the need for more foster carers we can encourage people to consider…