Welcome to the new format for Attracting and Keeping Carers!
I am often asked if it is better to foster for the local authority (LA) or an independent fostering agency. Once upon a time there were no independent agencies and all children who came into care were placed ‘in house’, that is, with a foster carer recruited by the local authority.
A quick note about why that CAPTCHA test is now required to log in:
“We are what we eat”.
Foster carers look after some of the UK’s most vulnerable children. They have to have strength of character and love in their heart to do so, but fostering is also about having real skills to look after these children.
When I was growing up the average person had never heard of ADHD, autism, Asperger's syndrome, bipolar disorder, attachment disorder, conduct disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, development delay, specific learning difficulties, or any of the conditions which now seem to be endemic in our ch