We often hear talk about life story work, and as foster carers we are expected to contribute to a life story book, sometimes without fully appreciating what it is or why it is so important.
The success of the Fostering Network’ Don’t Move Me campaign means that 2014 will become known as a landmark year for care leavers across the UK.
Spring is definitely springing; seasonal daffodils and crocuses are out in abundance and the first weekend of sunshine brought with it the customary shorts and flip-flops combo throughout parks across the land despite the chill in the air.
We are all familiar with the naughty step which may also be a naughty chair, spot, or corner.
As a foster carer you open your home to a range of people from young people of a range of ages in foster care, to social workers and other professionals. This means that you must be even more sure that your computer is secure, and that your personal information is protected.
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.