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  • In response to the publication of the report from the Fatal Accident Inquiry into the tragic death of foster carer Dawn McKenzie, director of The Fostering Network Scotland Sara Lurie said: 
    'This unimaginable tragedy must provide the sector with learning; we support Sheriff Bicket’s thorough report and recommendations, and will be sharing them with fostering services across the UK.

  • Politicians, councillors and representatives from across the fostering sector will be joining the Minister for Health and Social Services Mark Drakeford AM, at a Senedd reception held by The Fostering Network to celebrate the role of foster care on Fostering in Wales Day, Friday 12 June. 

  • Two in five (40%) fostered teenagers are already living with their third foster family since coming into care, a new survey of foster carers from across the UK released today (1 June) by The Fostering Network has revealed. 

  • The Fostering Network has released its latest statistical findings on the recruitment and retention of foster carers in England. The report Local Authority Fostering Services in England - performance benchmark report 2013/14, has been produced in conjunction with partners iMPOWER Consulting, and funded as part of a two year project by the Department for Education. 

  • Why foster carers care: part 2, produced by The Fostering Network in partnership with consultancy iMPOWER as part of the Department for Education funded project to support fostering services to recruit more foster carers, uses a system for identifying individuals’ values in order to explore in depth the actions and attitudes of foster carers.

    Using this Values Modes™ approach, the population of newly approved* foster carers was found to be:

  • Confidence in Care will transform outcomes for looked after children in Wales over the next five years and influence the way children’s social care is delivered across the country for many more years to come. This will primarily be achieved through the training of 1,500 foster, kinship and residential carers using the Fostering Changes Programme.

  • The UK’s leading fostering charity, The Fostering Network, is pleased to announce that Kevin Williams will be taking up the role of chief executive in early summer 2015.

  • The Mockingbird Family Model has been shown to be a successful way to improve outcomes for looked-after-children in the US. It uses the concept of a dedicated ‘hub home’ of specially recruited and trained carers offering respite care, peer support, regular joint planning and social activities to a ‘constellation’ of six to 10 families of foster and kinship carers living in close proximity.

  • The State of the Nation’s Foster Care, based on a survey of over 1,000 foster carers, found that:

  • At least 8,370 new foster families are needed across the UK during 2015 to provide stable, secure and loving homes for record numbers of fostered children, according to figures released today from The Fostering Network.