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.
Foster Care Fortnight 2017 will take place from Monday 8 to Sunday 21 May.
What is Foster Care Fortnight?
Foster Care Fortnight is the UK’s biggest foster care awareness raising campaign, delivered by leading fostering charity, The Fostering Network. Established for almost 20 years, the campaign showcases the commitment, passion and dedication of foster carers. It also supports fostering services to highlight the need for more foster carers. 9,070 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, disabled children and unaccompanied asylum seeking children.
Foster Care Fortnight receives around 1,000 pieces of media coverage each year, and The Fostering Network is delighted to receive the backing of celebrities and politicians from across the UK who lend their support to our campaign.
Foster care transforms lives
The overarching theme of Foster Care Fortnight is 'foster care transforms lives'. We are passionate about the difference that foster care makes to the lives of fostered children and young people, and Foster Care Fortnight is an excellent opportunity to showcase that difference. But foster care doesn't just transform the lives of the young people who are fostered, it also has the power to change the lives of foster carers, their families and all those who are involved in fostering. Along with fostering services, we use Foster Care Fortnight to share the stories of people who have had their lives transformed by foster care, and by doing so to raise the profile of fostering and the need for more foster carers.
How to get involved in #FCF17
Top five ways to get involved
- Download and display the #FCF17 poster
- Share a #ProudtoFoster placard photo
- Add a twibbon
- Join our Thunderclap
- Make a donation to our work
And a bonus way:
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. 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. Encourage them to find out more by visiting our website. If you're not a foster carer already, perhaps now is the time for you to consider becoming one.
You can help spread the word online (see below) or by putting up the Foster Care Fortnight poster (see right) in your window, workplace, place of worship and so on.
(A Welsh version of the poster is also available here.)
- On 8 May a Thunderclap will take place to start Foster Care Fortnight with a bang. A Thunderclap is a coordinated, mass social media posting to raise awareness of a specific message to a larger audience - in our case, the transformational power of fostering.
- For Foster Care Fortnight 2016, hundreds of people (and a few animals!) downloaded the 'Every 20 minutes' placard (which was available in English and Welsh).This highlighted the every 20 minute statistic and showed support for #FCF2016. Thousands of tweets were sent using #FCF2016, meaning over 13 million people had a Foster Care Fortnight tweet in their timelines. The hashtags we will be using during Foster Care Fortnight 2017 are #FCF17, #ProudToFoster, #ProudToSupportFostering.
- Our online theme for #FCF17 will be #ProudtoFoster and #ProudtoSupportFostering. We would encourage everyone to download and print off a placard, take a photo of you and/or your family and share them online using the hashtags. Welsh language placards will be avaiilable shortly.
Download the #ProudtoSupportFostering placard in Welsh here.
Download the #ProudtoFoster placard in Welsh here.
You can also download:
Or you could add a Twibbon to your Twitter profile pic.
Fundraise or make a donation
There are a number of ways you can support our work as we help transform children's lives during Foster Care Fortnight:
- Join us for Foster Walk London, a family friendly sponsored walk with fostering families. Other foster walks will be taking place across the UK later in the year.
- Hold a Foster Bake.
- Hold a Foster Quiz.
- Find fundraising idea in our 25 Ways to Fundraise sheet.
- Make a donation online.
- Set up a regular gift.
However you choose to support our work, thank you.
During Foster Care Fortnight we post a range of blogs from foster carers, fostering services, and others involved in looking after fostered children and young people. All the blogs are worth reading, but three which especially stood out in 2016 were:
Could you foster?
One of the main aims of Foster Care Fortnight is to encourage more people to consider becoming a foster carer. Could you foster? Do you have the skills and qualities to be one of the thousands of people we need to come forward to foster? Do you have the skills and qualities fostering services are looking for? Find a fostering service near you to start your fostering journey.
Watch this film to find out the difference that foster carers can make to the lives of young people:
Foster Care Fortnight for fostering services
One of the main reasons for the success of Foster Care Fortnight is the involvement of fostering services who create a 'buzz' in their local area as they seek to raise the profile of fostering locally, as well as the specific needs they have for new foster carers in their area. We hope that #FCF17 will be no different.
If you work for a fostering service we have a range of resources and information to help you engage with Foster Care Fortnight. See our fostering service pages for more informtaion.