Christian foster agency loses discrimination case

Christian foster agency loses discrimination case

An evangelical Christian fostering agency has lost a court battle over its policy of refusing to allow gay parents to sign up as carers. The Court of Appeal upheld an earlier ruling stating Cornerstone (North East) Adoption and Fostering Service must change its recruitment policy. The Doncaster-based agency brought the case after Ofsted downgraded its […]

West Sussex foster carers cared for more than 600 children

West Sussex foster carers cared for more than 600 children

A couple who looked after more than 600 children have retired as foster carers after 56 years. Pauline and Roger Fitter said they would cherish memories of watching vulnerable children flourish at their home in Camelsdale, West Sussex. One girl, aged three, arrived “silent”, unwilling to make eye contact or be touched, Mrs Fitter, 81, […]

Children’s homes funded in Somerset.

Children’s homes funded in Somerset.

Up to 10 new children’s homes could be opened across Somerset to provide better support across the county. Companies will run children’s homes and provide education and fostering services in a £70m package in Somerset over 10 years. Somerset County Council said it was currently “too reliant on larger for-profit providers”. It said the cost […]

St Helens couple become foster parents to honour son’s wish

Published16 hours agoShare A couple who lost both their children to rare illnesses have become foster parents to honour their son’s final wishes. Karen and Paul Ledsham, of St Helens, said fostering had given them purpose after their daughter Abigail, one, and son Harrison, 12, died. Harrison had urged his parents to try fostering, saying: […]

1 in 5 foster carers considered quitting over Covid pandemic

1 in 5 foster carers considered quitting over Covid pandemic

More than one in five foster carers have considered quitting because of the coronavirus pandemic, an ITV News survey has revealed. Most of the 1,022 foster carers who participated in the ITV News survey said they feel support from government during the Covid-19 crisis has been “inadequate”. Their answers shed light on the heavy toll lockdown […]

Retired Redcar couple urge others to foster children

Retired Redcar couple urge others to foster children

A couple aged 80 and 74 have said age is “no barrier” to fostering children. Retired publicans Bob and Janet Baker are Redcar and Cleveland Council’s oldest foster carers. The council needs to recruit more couples like Mr and Mrs Baker who said opening up their home and giving their time to needy children had […]

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