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 took place from Monday 8 to Sunday 21 May. Thank you to everyone who took part in the fortnight, showing how and why you are #ProudtoFoster or #ProudtoSupportFostering. If you have considered becoming a foster carer during Foster Care Fortnight, please do pick up the phone to your local fostering service or visit the Could You Foster area of our website.
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. 7,180 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.
During Foster Care Fortnight 2017, thousands of people tweeted and posted, attended events, watched films, fundraised, put up posters, spoke to friends and neighbours, made donations, and enquired about becoming a foster carer.
Below is just a taster of #FCF17 - we hope you can join us for #FCF18.