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  • 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.

  • In response to the Action for Children freedom of information findings on siblings in care released this weekend, Jackie Sanders, director of communications and public affairs at The Fostering Network, said: 

  • A new programme aiming to raise the aspirations and achievements of children living with foster families across the capital has been launched by charity the Fostering Network, working in partnership with Achievement for All 3As. London Fostering Achievement is funded by the Mayor of London through the London Schools Excellence Fund.

  • Today a new report, On my own: The accommodation needs of young people leaving care in England, was released by Barnardo’s. 

    Commenting on the release of the report, Robert Tapsfield, chief executive of the Fostering Network, said: “We welcome this report, and we believe that all young people leaving care should have the opportunity for continuity and stability. 

  • MORE YOUNGER PEOPLE need to be encouraged to foster in order to avoid a recruitment crisis, the Fostering Network is warning today, with the publication of survey results showing that almost one in three foster carers are now approaching an age where they may consider retiring.

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