When I first started writing my fostering memoirs in 2007 it broke new ground. No one before had written about the often hidden and sometimes secretive world of fostering and the social services. My reason for writing was partly cathartic and also I wanted to raise awareness.
You cannot discover new oceans unless you have courage to lose sight of the shore.
October kicked off with The Fostering Network’s annual showcase event, our conference which this year carried the theme of ‘The future of foster care – a focus on children and young people’.
It's the second day of our annual Sons and Daughters campaign and it also happens to be National Poetry Day!
There has been a lot of (horrific) news recently about children being groomed. I wasn’t sure if it was a subject I knew much about so I did some research.
The need for foster carers for sibling groups hit the headlines this month, with a number of fostering services riding on the coat tails of the national story and getting some good coverage. My eyebrows have just about sunk back to normal having read some of the stories and opinions.
You may have already seen the headlines, read the news, and bought the t-shirt, but I thought I'd post a quick note about the recent leak of Gmail account details.
Our new edition of The Skills to Foster has been available for sale now for over two months. I’ve been talking with staff at fostering services to find out what they think of this new and rewritten edition.
Next month sees one of the greatest migrations of young people across the UK as hundreds of thousands leave home to begin their university education.
The Fostering Network’s Sons & Daughters campaign coordinator Catherine Holland has been speaking to Gemma from Stockton Borough Council about their participation in last year’s campaign.