Foster Care Fortnight™ is The Fostering Network's annual campaign to raise the profile of fostering and to show how foster care transforms lives. It is also the UK's biggest foster carer recruitment campaign. Over 8,000 new foster families are needed in the next 12 months alone to care for a range of children, with the greatest need being for foster carers for older children, sibling groups and disabled children.
Foster Care Fortnight 2019 will take place from 13 to 26 May.
We believe that foster care changes futures - the futures of fostered children and young people and the futures of the foster families who care for them.
Have you ever had a moment in your life which you can look back on and see that your future changed at that time? Perhaps it was a teacher telling you that you were really good at something that is now your career? Or a relationship which led you to move? Or a trip overseas which gave you a different outlook on life? What was your moment? Fostering has the potential to be life-changing for fostered children and young people - it can #changeafuture.
This Foster Care Fortnight we want you to know that fostering is about changing futures. And, if you think you have the relevant skills and experience, we're calling on you to consider becoming foster carers so that you can also #changeafuture.
Get involved in #FCF19
Spread the word
One of the aims of Foster Care Fortnight is to raise the profile of fostering and the transformational power of foster care - the power to #changeafuture. We often find that existing foster carers are the best advert for fostering, so if you are a foster carer (or are part of a fostering family or fostering service) please help spread the word. Tell others your fostering story - about the futures you have changed and how fostering has changed your future. Encourage your friends, family and colleagues to find out more by visiting our website. If you're not a foster carer already, could you consider becoming one?
Show support through social media
The main two hashtags for Foster Care Fortnight are #changeafuture and #FCF19. There are lots of ways you can join the campaign using social media.
- Share a #changeafuture placard picture
- Share a #changeafuture film - upload a short film about a moment in your life when your future changed.
- Tell the story of a child or young person whose future you have helped change.
- Add a twibbon to your Twitter or Facebook profile picture (see below)
- Go to https://twibbon.com/support/foster-care-fortnight-2019 and follow the simple instructions
Find out more about fostering
Every year, tens of thousands of children across the UK need foster carers while they can’t live with their own families. That means thousands of new foster carers are needed every year. Could you be one of them?
Make a donation to support Foster Care Fortnight
Your donation allows us to help raise awareness of how fostering can change lives and the need for more foster carers. However you choose to support our work, thank you.
If you're a fostering service, please visit our pages for fostering services, with lots of resources and ideas for how to get involved in Foster Care Fortnight.
Journalists can download our Foster Care FortnightTM press pack.