England projects helping in lockdown

Almost three quarters of the children in care looked after away from home are in foster care, and that is one reason why raising awareness of the phenomenal contribution of the fostering community is so important. And that’s where Foster Care FortnightTM comes in…

By DavidEggboro on May,15th 2020

A day in the life of a hub home carer

Hub home carers are at the centre of each of our Mockingbird contellations, so we thought we would let you know what their role involves.

By Mockingbird on August,6th 2018

Hub pets part one – introducing John the ‘Satellite’ Rat

Our Mockingbird programme is growing rapidly, with new constellations (fostering households gathered around a hub home which offers planned and emergency respite, advice, training and support) popping up across the country. One of the unexpected joys of the programme is the emergence of the important role played by ‘hub animals’: pets that were part of the household before the family took on the role of the hub home and have now become a much loved member of the wider constellation family. The presence of these animals within the hub home adds to the variety of experiences for children and young people - and often provides another important relationship to support young people to learn new skills and confidences. We are collecting some great stories about the impact of pets living in the satellite homes – with some even accompanying children and young people at sleepovers in the hub home!
By N B Lakhani on March,27th 2018

Mockingbird: A new way to foster

Mockingbird is an innovative programme for delivering foster care which can bring significant benefits to the lives of fostered children and those who look after them. Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council has been part of the programme since its inception in 2015.

By DavidEggboro on November,30th 2017

Better health, more stability

This blog summarises our Big Issue article from Issue 169 of Foster Care magazine about foster carers’ health and wellbeing.

By Foster Care Fo… on May,8th 2017

Building strong and lasting bonds

Melissa Green is the director of operations for The Fostering Network. In this blog Melissa highlights the importance of stability in foster care and how our Mocking programme is delivering it.

By Foster Care Fo… on May,7th 2017

A sense of a beginning

The Fostering Network, as part of its innovation work and with funding from the Department for Education, is introducing, and supporting the delivery of the pioneering Mockingbird Family Model to foster care in the UK. You can find out more here.In his first blog, Christopher - who is working on the Mockingbird programme - reflects on the hub home carers' initial meeting.

By Christopher Sc… on October,20th 2015