Social enterprise Link Maker has launched a new national platform for the commissioning of care placements for all children.

Link Maker was formed in 2014 by adoptive parents, and the website was initially launched for adoption. It is now responsible for the majority of inter-agency adoptive placements across the UK, and is used by nearly every local authority and independent agency.

The Fostering Network Northern Ireland is today highlighting the fact that care experienced young people are in danger of missing out on the chance of individualised support while at university, as the charity launches its annual Tick the Box awareness campaign today in the Waterfront Hall, Belfast.

The Fostering Network Northern Ireland welcomes the assertion in the Health and Wellbeing 2026 report, which was launched by Health Minister Michelle O'Neill today, that the Northern Ireland Government will ‘honour our corporate parenting responsibilities to the fullest extent and will be as ambitious for children in care as we are f

In response to the announcement by the National Assembly for Wales's Llywydd, Elin Jones AM, of her intention to establish a youth parliament, Dr Emily Warren, director of The Fostering Network Wales, said: 'We are delighted to welcome the Llywydd's announcement to establish a long-called for youth parliament for Wales.

‘Maybe I’m not as broken as I’ve sometimes felt’ are the heartfelt words of 18-year-old Johnny reflecting on his experiences of foster care. He added: ‘It’s hard to know if my traits are those of a child in foster care or just a child.’

Johnny’s story is one of 13 told by looked after young people and their foster carers in a book published by leading fostering charity The Fostering Network at the launch of their ‘Not so Broken’ exhibition in the Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast.