Sons and Daughters Month is The Fostering Network’s annual campaign to celebrate the vital contribution that the children of foster carers make to foster care.
Each October, The Fostering Network encourages fostering services across the UK to run events and activities to recognise, thank and reward children and young people for the important role they play in welcoming fostered children into their families.
We provide Sons and Daughters Month thank you certificates and thank you letters to download and print (available soon). We also have our Outstanding Contribution by Sons and Daughters Award at our annual Fostering Excellence Awards which take place during Sons and Daughters Month. You can watch a video about one of our previous winners below.
We also run a competition during the month for all young people living in fostering households. See below for more details.
The theme of this year’s Sons and Daughters Month is #FosteringTeachesYou.
The sons and daughters of foster carers play an essential role in welcoming fostered children into their families and ensuring successful fostering placements. Many people thinking about fostering are concerned about the potential impact on their own children, and this can act as a barrier to becoming a foster carer. The reality is that we frequently hear from foster carers and their children that their sons and daughters benefit hugely from being part of the support network offered by a fostering family to a fostered child. Seeing life from another’s perspective can be an enriching experience and can help a child learn and develop as an individual. There are many skills and lessons that can be learnt from growing up in a fostering household.
We want to use this year's Sons and Daughters Month to highlight this aspect of fostering and share the views of sons and daughters about what #FosteringTeachesYou.
As part of Sons and Daughters Month we are running a competition for children and young people in fostering households, asking them to share what they have learned as a result of their fostering experiences. Using either a written piece, photograph, piece of art or video the children or young people should give an answer to the question of what #FosteringTeachesYou.
The submissions can be in the form of a written piece, photograph or piece of art or a video. There are four different age categories with the winner in each receiving a £20 voucher:
- 7 and under
We’ll showcase as many photos, drawings or videos as we can on social media, on our website or in our Foster Care magazine, so please make sure the right permissions have been given for any looked after children.
You can also share pictures, videos and memories using the hashtag #FosteringTeachesYou on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
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You can see all the winning entries from last year's #OurGreatestMemory competition below.