The first of its kind, each issue is packed with a variety of news, views and features on a range of issues affecting looked after children and their foster carers.
This quarterly, 48 page magazine crosses the two genres of parenting magazines and the more informative care magazines. As a parenting magazine it has features on family life, with ‘how-to’ and question sections, specifically aimed at parents who foster.
Editor, Ceressa Bateman, said: “I felt it was time for foster carers to get a magazine aimed directly at them. They have such different roles to play from other parents, and go through very different things – I felt they deserved a magazine that focused on the aspects of parenting they deal with. It seeks to reach foster carers where they are, offering advice, and being a friend they can turn to. As a friend, we have some fun, we share stories, we give advice.
“With over 50,000 children living in foster homes across the UK, we believe that foster carers should get all the support they can for the hard work that they do.”
Unlike other parenting magazines, Foster Families is aimed directly at foster carers, with each section focusing on their needs and providing relevant fostering information. Sections such as home, food and health focus on fostering, while offering some light reading.
It encourages readers in their role and offers real-life stories of other foster carers in similar situations. The views of both children and foster parents are important, and the magazine reminds foster carers that they are not alone in their struggles – other people go through similar experiences and support groups are available.
Foster Families is a free magazine, distributed to foster carers across the UK through independent fostering agencies and local council fostering departments. Or you can sign up to our mailing list. For your free copy, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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