The Fostering Network is calling on everyone - including governments, social work professionals, fostering services, foster carers and adopters - who plays a part in enabling children and young people to move within, or out of, the care system to be able to maintain their most important relationships.
This is the message behind our campaign, Keep Connected: Maintaining Relationships When Moving On.
About the campaign
The relationship between fostered children and their former foster carers is increasingly being recognised as extremely important to the development and wellbeing of the child.
In response to feedback from our members, we are campaigning on the importance of maintaining relationships between children and young people and their former foster carers.
Research shows the ongoing presence of an existing attachment figure, remaining available and continuing to have a supportive role, is vital in enabling a child to develop new attachments. However, foster carers have told us they have not been able to stay in contact with former fostered children despite the child wanting to stay in touch.
We are calling on the UK’s governments to develop guidance and regulations to help fostering services support the bond between foster carer and child as they move to another home.
For updates on this campaign and all our other campaigning, email our campaigns team.
Keep Connected: Maintaining Relationships When Moving On research report
This report outlines the findings of research undertaken by The Fostering Network on children and young people maintaining relationships with their former foster carers, and makes recommendations on how Governments in the UK can improve the current situation. Good relationships help to build trust, and help children create a sense of belonging and identity. All children need to understand their past and to build confidence in their ability to sustain relationships in the future.
We want your help!
Make a donation
As a charity, we rely on donations to fund our campaigns and projects that bring about change. With Keep Connected we need to produce guidance for social work professionals and adopters, work with more fostering services to improve practice, and support young people to ensure their views are heard.
With your support, we can step up our Keep Connected campaign and make change happen.
Write to your political representative
The Fostering Network is calling on the governments of Scotland, Wales and England to introduce guidance and regulations to help fostering services support the bond between foster carer and child as they move to another home. You can help us by contacting your political representatives using the form below (enter your postcode and it will automatically start an email to the right representatives) to tell them why it is so important that young people are supported to maintain their relationship with their former foster carers and to urge them to contact the appropriate minister with responsiblity for fostering.
The Northern Ireland Assembly is currently suspended. If you live in Northern Ireland, please contact our Belfast office with any case studies or concerns about the issues in this campaign, and we will take the matter up on your behalf.