A lack of support for foster carers, along with a failure to recognise the vital role they play at the heart of children’s social care, risks undermining their ability to meet the needs of fostered children, a leading charity is warning today.
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Sunday, 3 February, 2019
Thursday, 15 November, 2018
The number of care experienced young people in England who are benefiting from a piece of flagship legislation designed to enable them to stay living with their foster carers until the age of 21 is woefully low and simply not good enough.
Monday, 1 October, 2018
Six sons and daughters of foster carers have been awarded The Fostering Network’s Outstanding Contribution by Sons and Daughters Award, as part of the charity’s annual Fostering Excellence Awards.
The announcement of the winners comes at the start of Sons and Daughters Month - The Fostering Network’s campaign every October to celebrate the vital role that the children of foster carers in welcoming fostered children into their families and ensuring successful fostering placements.
Monday, 30 July, 2018
Responding to the publication of Falling Through the Cracks by Kezia Dugdale MSP, Sara Lurie, director of The Fostering Network in Scotland, said: 'We welcome the findings of the Falling Through the Cracks report and commend Kezia Dugdale for maintaining a focus on looked after children in Scotland.
An opportunity missed - The Fostering Network's response to the Government's Fostering Better Outcomes reportFriday, 20 July, 2018
Responding to the Westminster Government's response to the fostering stocktake report and the Education Select Committee’s inquiry into fostering - Fostering Better Outcomes - Kevin Williams, chief executive of The Fostering Network, said: 'The Fostering Network is disappointed with the Government’s response to the fostering stocktake and education select committee enquiry in England, Fostering Better Outcomes.
Monday, 14 May, 2018
More than 8,000 new foster families across the UK need to be found in the coming year to ensure that all fostered children can be found the right foster home first time, according to leading fostering charity The Fostering Network. The need is particularly for families to offer homes to teenagers and groups of brothers and sisters.
Inspirational Draperstown couple named Northern Ireland Foster Carers of the Year as Foster Care Fortnight beginsSunday, 13 May, 2018
A couple from a farming community in Draperstown have been named 2018’s Foster Carers of the Year in Northern Ireland.
Patricia and Colm Gray have been fostering for more than a decade for the Northern Trust. Alongside running a busy sheep farm and raising four children of their own, Patricia and Colm have looked after toddlers, mothers with their babies, as well as teenagers and say they simply can’t imagine doing anything else.
Tuesday, 20 February, 2018
Following the Department for Education’s publication of new national minimum allowance rates for England – applicable from April 2018 – The Fostering Network's chief executive Kevin Williams said: 'The Government has increased foster care allowances for the 2018-19 financial year by only 1.5 per cent, which is not keeping pace with inflation. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is standing at three per cent, and the Retail Price Index (RPI) at 2.7 per cent.
Tuesday, 6 February, 2018
Following today’s publication of the Department for Education’s fostering stocktake report, based on a year of evidence gathering by Sir Martin Narey and Mark Owers, Kevin Williams, chief executive of The Fostering Network, said:
Friday, 22 December, 2017
In response to today’s report on fostering in England by the House of Commons education committee, Kevin Williams, chief executive of The Fostering Network, said: