Fostering the Future

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Fostering the Future is a Big Lottery funded project which provides a programme of support and personal development activities designed to enhance skills development and promote resilience within fostering families in Northern Ireland.

Fostering the Future is one of several innovative programmes The Fostering Network runs to improve foster care and outcomes for fostered young people and foster and kinship foster carers.

For more information about Fostering the Future phone The Fostering Network in Northern Ireland on 028 9070 5056, or contact Mikhaila Woods

For media enquiries regarding Fostering the Future email The Fostering Network’s media team or phone 020 7620 6441.

About Fostering the Future

Fostering the Future, funded by the Big Lottery Supporting and Empowering Young People programme, provides a programme of support and personal development activities to children and young people aged eight to 20 who are in foster or kinship foster care. It also aims to empower and equip foster and kinship carers to better meet the needs of the children they look after through opportunities to build skills and knowledge.

The project works to support and improve self-esteem and self- worth particularly where children have experienced multiple placement moves.

Since the beginning of the programme more than 400 young people have participated in a range of activities including OCN accredited training programmes, workshops and activities. These include arts and sports based programmes, peer mentoring and residential weekends. The Fostering Network in Northern Ireland is an OCN accredited centre.

Training for foster and kinship carers has included a range of bespoke accredited courses such as 'Story sacks' as well as therapeutic play and workshops in substance use and misuse, mental health awareness and personal development and sexual health.