Emma Newey has been the recruitment and engagement officer for the fostering team at Bury Council for eight years. In this blog Emma writes about their ambassador scheme and how it benefits the service, foster carers and children in foster care.
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Since Foster Care Fortnight 2018 Niki Clemo has joined The Fostering Network having previously worked as a senior
Currently 65,000 children in the UK are living with foster carers. Thousands more foster families are needed this year to give every child who comes into care a stable and loving home. If you think you have what it takes to change a child’s future, keep reading.
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Michelle, who is running our Foster Carer Retention project is aiming to find out why foster carers stop fostering and what can be done to address some of the common factors behind the decison to leave the role.
The Foster Carer Retention Project aimed to support fostering services to:
- capture all of the reasons why foster carers leave their fostering service
- identify the optimum timings for processing exit interviews
- identify any themes as to the reasons why foster carers choose to leave
- create a robust process for future exit interviews
embed learning to enhance retention and subsequent recruitment of foster carers.
Foster carer Dianne features in our new BBC appeal that aired on Northern Ireland television today. The film called for more people to consider fostering and change the lives of more children in care.
Joseph is a 23-year-old care leaver who features in The Fostering Network’s new BBC appeal calling for more people to consider becoming foster carers. The appeal will air in Northern Ireland on BBC One at 3.45pm during Community Life.
Supporting and thanking the sons and daughters of foster carers is a key aspect of the work of any fostering service and The Fostering Network.