Foster Care System

Why We Must Always Listen To The Child

Chloe Cockett | Posted 02.10.2017 | UK
Chloe Cockett

Properly listening to children - giving them the chance to have their views heard, considered and acted upon - is a powerful thing, and gives a feeling of control to children. In a care system where they may not feel that they have much control at all - this makes it very powerful indeed.

Dave Dedicated Everything To Fostering

Macaila Hannaford | Posted 15.08.2017 | UK Parents
Macaila Hannaford

In October 2014, Dave, who had cancer several years before, was re-diagnosed. We were told it had spread to several parts of his body and to "enjoy the next 12 months". Devastating news, but we were given hope with a drug trial that was available. We decided not to tell the children until after the treatment.

I'm The Proudest Dad In The World

David Lidstone | Posted 16.06.2017 | UK Parents
David Lidstone

I think that as a man I have quite a different relationship with G than Karen does and I play a different role. She goes to us depending upon her differing needs. But, I think that one of my most important roles is to show her what a good relationship is like. She needs to see a strong and loving relationship between Karen and I so that she makes good decisions about her future partners.

Regenerating and Reinvigorating Our Care System - Resolving to Ensure the Right Place at the Right Time for Every Child

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 17.05.2017 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

David Cameron's weekend announcements heralding major reforms for children in care in the Queen's Speech stands to be an important act of national lea...

Foster Care Works - This Must Be Acknowledged

Kevin Williams | Posted 15.01.2017 | UK Politics
Kevin Williams

Good foster care transforms lives and enables young people to flourish. The vast majority of young people in care are living with foster families who love them, and provide the stability and support that will see them grow into confident adults.

Thousands of Foster Children Move Home Several Times a Year

Sir Tony Hawkhead | Posted 20.09.2016 | UK
Sir Tony Hawkhead

The keys to our success are our amazing foster carers. They do a fantastic job providing the love, care and support needed by children and young people who have too often had a very tough life. The stability those foster carers provide can make a huge difference to the futures of the children they support, in so many ways: in education, health, career, family life.

The State Should Be a Parent Who Doesn't Turn Its Back on Young People

Sir Tony Hawkhead | Posted 13.12.2014 | UK
Sir Tony Hawkhead

Childhood is short. And maybe like me, you remember longing to be grown up because of the freedom and adventure we perceived adulthood brings. But for some of our most vulnerable young people, adulthood is thrust upon them too soon.

Speed-Dating for Toddlers: A Solution to Britain's Adoption Crisis?

Ben Acheson | Posted 21.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ben Acheson

In an ideal world, nobody would need to be adopted, but this is not an ideal world. Adoption parties cannot prevent a child being taken into care, but they can help take them out of care. They give 'hard-to-place' children a greater chance of placement. They tackle some endemic problems in the adoption process.

Social Pedagogy Comes to the UK

Dominic Stevenson | Posted 03.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dominic Stevenson

Social pedagogy is an incredibly common education and social care practise in continental Europe and the Fostering Network has launched a ground breaking programme to bring it to the UK.

Eight Leading Charities Launch an Inquiry Into the Care System in England

Dominic Stevenson | Posted 01.12.2012 | UK Politics
Dominic Stevenson

Is the care system serving our children as well as it should be? The Care Inquiry - a collaboration of eight children's charities with a special interest in all the care options for these children and young people - wants to take stock on this important question.