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 took place from 13 to 26 May. Thank you to everyone who took part and helped show so clearly how fostering changes futures.
The theme of this year's Foster Care Fortnight was how foster care changes futures - the futures of fostered children and young people and the lives of the foster families who care for them.
This Foster Care Fortnight we wanted to show that fostering is about changing futures. And, to call on people who think they have the relevant skills and experience to consider becoming foster carers so that they can also #changeafuture.
As part of Foster Care Fortnight we received a number of thank you letters from Ministers across the UK.
- Letter from Vaughan Gething AM, Minister for Health and Social Services and Julie Morgan AM, Deputy Minister for Health and Social Care, Wales
- Letter from Nadhim Zahawi MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families, Department for Education
- Letter from Maree Todd MSP, Minister for Children and Young People, Scotland
- Letter from Seán Holland Chief Social Work Officer, Northern Ireland
Thank you to everyone who showed their support for Foster Care Fortnight on social media. The hashtags #FCF19 and #changeafuture reached millions of people and we had support from fostering services, foster carers, politicians and others from across the UK.
Thank you too to the over 400 people who added out #changeafuture twibbon to their social media profiles.
See our #FCF photo gallery below.
Foster Care Fortnight received more than 1,000 pieces of media coverage across the UK, ranging from BBC Radios 2, 4 and 5 to The Guardian to ITV Wales and BBC Northern Ireland.
Politician and celebrity support
As well as #changeafuture placard photos we received support for Foster Care Fortnight from a number of celebrities and politicians. Se our photo gallery below.
During the fortnight there were many opportunities to influence decision makers within foster care, such as a debate about fostering in the Scottish parliament and a Foster Care Fortnight reception at Holyrood.
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?
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The Fostering Network develops and delivers 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.