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  • 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. 

  • The Fostering Network is delighted to welcome The Duchess of Cambridge to an event hosted by the charity and Islington Council to celebrate the work of foster carers in providing support to vulnerable young people on Friday 16 January.

  • The Fostering Network has today published a collection of poems and short stories written by children and young people who live in fostering families, called Growing Up in our House.

    The writing, submitted to a competition as part of the 2014 Sons & Daughters: Celebrating the foster family campaign, was judged by acclaimed children’s author and long-term supporter of The Fostering Network, Jacqueline Wilson.

  • Fostering services and employers in England can help increase the range of skills being brought into fostering by providing flexible working conditions for foster carers, according to a new report published today by The Fostering Network.

  • The launch of London Fostering Achievement, an innovative new programme delivered by The Fostering Network in partnership with Achievement for All aimed at improving educational outcomes for children in foster care, took place at City Hall on Tuesday 14 October.

  • The first annual Fostering Excellence awards have taken place at BMA House, London, on Wednesday 1 October, presented by the UK’s leading fostering charity, The Fostering Network.

  • The Fostering Network is calling on local authorities in England to disclose to foster carers all information available about the children coming into their care, following a survey of foster carers. 

  • The Fostering Network is backing calls made this weekend for the government to introduce an entitlement to support for children and families when they return home from care after it was revealed in a new report that an estimated £300 million is spent each year on failed reunifications of families in England.

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