February, the month in which ‘romance’ is commercially celebrated by the modern day St Moonpig, brings to a close January’s New Year foster carer recruitment campaigns and is hopefully a time for information sessions and a peak of initial visits.
My name is Caroline and I am a foster carer in South Wales, and have been for 7 years. I currently have 3 teenagers in placement, one of whom has just turned 18. A week before her 18th birthday she was offered a flat, I went with her to look at it. It was fab.
Food is essential for life and therefore part of our nurturing and love. If a child rejects the food we have lovingly prepared then it is easy to feel they are rejecting us.
Sharon, a foster carer in South Wales, tells her story below. Some names have been changed. Tell your Assembly Member how you feel on this issue, so that all young people in foster care in Wales can be given the chance to stay.
I’m sure for many the festivities are now a distant memory, but I hope you have returned refreshed and reinvigorated for 2014.
The end of the year is traditionally considered a good time to reflect on what we have achieved during the year. It can come as a surprise to see how much we have been doing. Often we’re too busy doing it to notice.
Social Pedagogy has in my view huge potential to enrich the practice of foster carers and social workers and most importantly, the lives of children and young people.
Thank you again to everyone who attended our transforming foster carer recruitment event this month. The event was a sell out and apologies to those people who were unable to secure a place.
Even after fostering for 25 years I am still moved to tears by the abuse and neglect that some children have experienced at Christmas before coming into care. Their suffering seems more poignant at Christmas time when glad tidings of great joy should abound and love be with us all.
November for many is the midpoint between two large scale campaign periods, processing enquiries from the September ‘empty nesters’ and gearing up for the January ‘New Year’s fostering resolutions’ campaigns.