Melissa Green is our director of operations, with a responsibility for our projects and programmes and our work across England. Here she looks at the year past, the year ahead and thanks foster families for the change they bring to the lives of the children and young people they care for.
So, you’ve made the decision that you’d like to become a foster carer. You think you have the right skills and experience, you have the desire to offer a safe and caring home to a child or young person…and, of course, you have a spare room. Now what happens?
Colin Turner is The Fostering Network's director in Wales. He is also a foster carer. Here, as part of Foster Care Fortnight, he writes a message to the thousands of foster families in Wales.
Hello and welcome to the latest update from the policy and campaigns team at The Fostering Network.
Kathleen Toner is The Fostering Network's director in Northern Ireland. Here, as part of Foster Care Fortnight, she reflects on the impact that the foster and kinship foster families have on the lives of the children and young people in their care
There is currently a need for at least 8,100 new fostering families in the UK over the next 12 months to ensure that every child entering foster care can live with a family which meet their needs.
I love Foster Care Fortnight!
'You need a superhero in every family'…the insightful words of a five-year-old-boy, telling us how to make foster care the very best it can be.
Every 20 minutes a child comes into care in the UK in need of a foster family to look after them for as long as they need it – sometimes a few days, other times a whole childhood.
It's not every day your name is mentioned in the same breath as the likes of Lily Allen, Dame Jilly Cooper, and Princess Anne.