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  • 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. 

  • 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.