fostering services

‘Inclusivity should underpin the ethos of any fostering service’

To mark LGBT+ History Month Charlotte Andrew, engagement manager at Three Circles Fostering, shares her thoughts on LGBTQ+ foster carers and young people in care. She tells us what services can do to reach out to prospective LGBTQ+ carers, how they can support them in their role and what more needs to be done for care experienced LGBTQ+ children.

Charlotte co-founded and is a trustee on the board of directors for Proud 2 b Parents. An adopter and previously a foster carer, she works nationwide with community groups to support, raise awareness and advise on best practice supporting LGBTQ+ foster carers, adopters and youth in care.

By karina a on February,26th 2021

Attracting and Keeping Carers – June 2013

What a fortnight. We will shortly be sending out a questionnaire to see how it went for your fostering service, but the initial feedback on this year’s Foster Care Fortnight campaign looks fantastic. Thank you to everyone who took part. Hopefully the campaign has generated enquiries and will continue to do so for the coming months. Our top tips section this week looks at how to engage new enquirers and keep in touch.
By James Foyle on June,21st 2013

Agency v Local Authority?

I am often asked if it is better to foster for the local authority (LA) or an independent fostering agency. Once upon a time there were no independent agencies and all children who came into care were placed ‘in house’, that is, with a foster carer recruited by the local authority. For various reasons the LAs couldn’t match supply with demand - they couldn’t recruit or keep enough foster carers to look after all the children they were bringing into care so independent agencies sprang up to take up the shortfall.
By Cathy Glass on March,26th 2013