Foster Care Fortnight 2018

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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 2018 will take place from 14 to 27 May.

What is Foster Care Fortnight?

Foster Care FortnightTM 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 ne ed for more foster carers. Over 7,000 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.

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Foster care transforms lives

The overarching message 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.

Proud to...

Foster Care Fortnight is a great time to challenge the myths and misconceptions about fostering.  We want to show that people from all sectors of society can be, and are, foster carers – and anyone can show their support for fostering. We will do this through film, social media, blogs and the media with people sharing what they are proud of as well as being foster carers/supporters of fostering. You can join in too... 

Thank you

One of the aims of Foster Care Fortnight is to thank the 55,000 foster families across the UK. We have had a number of letters and messages from government ministers:

Nadhim Zahawi, Under Secretary of State for Children and Families, England

Maree Todd, Minister for Childcare and Early Years, Scotland

Huw Irranca-Davies, Minister for Children and Social Care, Wales

Huw Irranca-Davies,Y Gweinidog Gofal Cymdeithasol a Phlant

Seán Holland, Chief Social Work Officer for Northern Ireland

Kevin Williams, Chief Executive, The Fostering Network

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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.

Show support through social media

Tweet or instagram a picture

Share a picture of something related to what you are proud of using the caption ‘I’m ....and I’m #ProudToFoster’ or 'I'm....and I'm #ProudToSupportFostering'. For example:

  • I'm a baker and I'm #ProudToFoster (or #ProudtoSupportFostering)
  • I'm 65 and I'm #ProudToFoster (or #ProudtoSupportFostering)
  • I'm a Sikh and I'm #ProudToFoster (or #ProudtoSupportFostering)
  • I'm from Cornwall and I'm #ProudToFoster (or #ProudtoSupportFostering)
  • I'm a 12 handicap golfer and I'm #ProudToFoster (or #ProudtoSupportFostering)
     

Send us a film 

During Foster Care Fortnight we will be pulling together a film of clips of foster carers sharing why they are #ProudToFoster. Simply film yourself in an appropriate location completing the phrase 'I'm ....and I'm #ProudToFoster. Then share the film on social media, tagging us in at @fosteringnet, or email us at media@fostering.net
 

Use one of our placards

Take a photo with one of our placards, and tweet or Instagram as per above. 
 
If you are a foster carer and a young person in your care, or a care leaver, would like to get involved, they can download a Proud to Have Been Fostered placard here.
 

Join our Thunderclap

On 14 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.

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Consider becoming a foster carer

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?

Find out more about being a foster carer


Make a donation to support Foster Care Fortnight

Your donation allows us to help raise awareness of fostering and the need for more foster carers. However you choose to support our work, thank you.

Make a donation today

 

Foster Care Fortnight for fostering services

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.

#FCF18 for fostering services