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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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:

  • 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:

  • The Fostering Network launches a month of celebrations this week, thanking the sons and daughters of foster carers for the vital contribution they make to fostering.

    Sons and Daughters Month is the annual campaign from the charity that recognises the part that birth and adopted children play in welcoming fostered children into their families. Fostering services around the country will be holding events to celebrate the contribution of sons and daughters.

  • Cyhoeddodd Y Rhwydwaith Maethu heddiw lansiad y rhaglen Maethu Lles newydd mewn partneriaeth â Bwrdd Partneriaeth Gwasanaethau Cymdeithasol a Lles Cwm Taf.

    Bydd y rhaglen arloesol newydd hon yn helpu gofalwyr maeth a phawb sy’n gweithio â phlant a phobl ifanc wedi’u maethu i ddeall ac i ymateb yn gyfannol i blant, gan gydnabod bod perthynas dda yn ganolog i hyrwyddo lles cymdeithasol, corfforol ac emosiynol.

  • The Fostering Network today announced the launch of the new Fostering Wellbeing programme in partnership with Cwm Taf Social Services and Wellbeing Partnership Board.

    This new innovative programme will help foster carers and all those who work with fostered children and young people to understand and respond holistically to the child, recognising that good relationships are central to promoting social, physical and emotional wellbeing.

  • Leading fostering charity The Fostering Network is calling for more under 35s to consider becoming foster carers.

    The call comes during the second week of Foster Care Fortnight, as part of the charity’s campaign to help recruit 7,000 new foster families across the UK in the coming year.

    Less than five per cent of foster carers are under 35, despite this age group making up about 20 per cent of the UK’s population.

  • A couple from Annalong described as ‘loving, kind, amazing and special people’ by their foster children, have been named Foster Carers of the Year in Northern Ireland.

    William and Valerie Newell, were nominated by their two foster children, who say any child would be lucky to live with them.

    They were given the accolade from The Fostering Network at Northern Ireland’s 2017 Foster Carer of the Year Awards, on Saturday 13 May at the Hilton Hotel, Belfast.

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