Kate and her partner Natalie have been foster carers for four years and became Mockingbird hub home carers for Trust Fostering, part of Doncaster Children’s Services Trust, in 2018. Over the last 15 months going in and out of lockdown, they have started setting regular competitions and organised activities to keep the children in the constellation entertained. This has not only supported relationship building within the constellation but with the wider community as well. Kate tells us more.
As the June 30 deadline for applications to the EU Settlement Scheme draws near The Fostering Network urges all members to make sure the children in their care and children who left care have the correct immigration status. Steven, a Mockingbird hub home carer, shares his experiences of securing the Right to Remain for the boy living with him.
Welsh foster carer Meleri shares her experiences of being approved as a foster carer during the Covid19 pandemic.
Martin Leworthy started fostering, together with his wife, in 2005. Since then, they have fostered 15 young people. Martin is also a trustee of The Fostering Network.
Director of The Fostering Network in Scotland, Sara Lurie, reflects on how foster carers have risen to the challenge of caring for children throughout a global pandemic.
Greg De Smidt is a registered manager for a small independent fostering provider with over 20 years-experience in the UK fostering sector. He has worked across the statutory, independent and charitable sectors and held senior management roles in England and Scotland. He is also a trustee at The Fostering Network.
My name is Catherine and I am a kinship foster carer in Northern Ireland and I would like to share with you a bit about what fostering has been like for me.
Fostering involves many different people who all contribute to make sure that children in care can thrive. Janet Smith, trustee of The Fostering Network since 2015 and chair of the board since 2020, has played different roles in the lives of young people throughout her life. Here she shares her story with fostering and how it all began.
The Fostering Network have been running the Keep Connected campaign since 2015. Through this campaign we hope to create lasting change in the way that local authorities and fostering services plan and support contact between children and their former foster carers.
My name is Jasmine and I wanted to share with you what I have achieved since living with my aunt and uncle. I am 14 years old and have been living with my aunt and uncle for 10 years. Throughout this time I have accomplished a lot of things and have been given many opportunities by The Fostering Network, all of which I am extremely grateful for.