Foster Care

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.

The Angels of Parenting

Jeff Brazier | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jeff Brazier

As I recalled my earliest memories I was keen to impress on the group that I don't look back and see my time in foster care as a negative, my expression wasn't from feeling sorry for myself, I completely understand that in the absence of my biological father, my very young mother, too young to even consider a woman would want to get herself together after having me at the age of 15 and, in some respects I think it was very brave decision to take. I didn't say this in front of the room of kids but I'd prefer to be fostered than to have been aborted and to not have had the privilege of life in the first place!

Our Country's Children Need You

Sir Tony Hawkhead | Posted 08.11.2014 | UK
Sir Tony Hawkhead

Widespread sibling separation is actually happening on our doorsteps. That is why I am asking you to help us build a team of willing and dedicated foster carers who can open up their homes to brothers and sisters and help us to sustain the most important relationships children can have.

Support for Children in the UK on Their Own Is Needed Now

Matthew Reed | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK
Matthew Reed

By providing children with a guardian in law, the government could guarantee that any child who arrives in the UK on their own would have one trusted adult in their life who has their best interests at heart. Someone who understands the complicated system they will have to face...

The Little Girl That Nobody Wanted

Rosie Waterland | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rosie Waterland

I'm sorry that when the DOCS ladies dropped us off at Grandma's, you weren't allowed to stay because you were too much for her to cope with. I can't imagine how awful it must have been to watch your sisters get smaller and smaller in the distance as you were driven away in a car you didn't recognise.

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.

Society Is Failing Children Who Are Forced to Leave Care Too Soon

Jacob Tas | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK
Jacob Tas

Today is a momentous day for children in foster care in England. The Government is bringing in a new law that will give young people the chance stay with their foster parents until their 21st birthday, so they aren't forced to leave as early as 16.

Things NOT to Say to Couples That Adopt

Candace Wohl | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Candace Wohl

We attempted everything under the sun to get pregnant and, although we are currently working with a surrogate, we got elbow, neck and knee deep in to the adoption process before that opportunity presented itself. When we made our announcement that we were adopting, we were shocked by the misconceptions people have about adoption.

'Short Term 12' Director on Why It's Worth Getting Punched in the Face by a Troubled Teen

Christine Coco Jun | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Christine Coco Jun

These are questions that director Destin Cretton has also personally grappled with. We discussed his own eye-opening experience as a careworker at a teenage foster home and why - despite getting punched in the face - it revived his faith in humanity.

Government Fund for Adopters - Commendable or Glaringly Inadequate?

Ben Acheson | Posted 30.11.2013 | UK Politics
Ben Acheson

Abuse and neglect have obvious emotional, physical and psychological costs. The monetary impact is more challenging to analyse and anyone who does so risks vitriolic accusations of being as cold, insentient and azoic as the calculator used to make their estimates.

Channel 4 News Reveals What Life Is Like for Children Affected By Alcohol in the Womb

Cat Mcshane | Posted 20.04.2013 | UK Entertainment
Cat Mcshane

Last night, Channel 4 News aired air a short film I've spent the last five months putting together about Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, or FASD. This is a range of lifelong disabilities that can occur when a mother drinks while their child is in the womb.

Barnardo's Plea to Light Up Lives of Children Waiting for Homes

Anne Marie Carrie | Posted 29.03.2013 | UK Politics
Anne Marie Carrie

Today, there are thousands more children waiting to be adopted or fostered than there are people coming forward, to be mums and dads. The figures speak for themselves; more than 4,600 children are currently awaiting families and we need to find some 9,000 new foster families in the next 12 months.

Jessica Elgot

No Ukip Members, No Smokers, No Fat People?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 26.11.2012 | UK

Fostering experts are afraid that the case of three children being removed from a Rotherham couple because of their support for the UK Independence Pa...

Foster Parents Lose Kids For 'Racist Party' Membership

The Huffington Post UK | Charlie Lindlar | Posted 24.11.2012 | UK

A couple in Rotherham have had their three foster children taken from them by the local council - because of their membership of the UK Independence P...

Children's Homes Need Champions

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 17.11.2012 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

Children's homes can provide the upbringing a young people deserves. Opportunities struggled for and achieved despite a system that actively undermines such success deserves national public recognition. Imagine the self-esteem that would be shared by young people and staff. Imagine the change in public perception.

'Shocking And Degrading': How One Local Authority Failed Two Brothers In Care

Posted 25.06.2012 | UK

Two teenage brothers who have spent nearly all the lives in care could win damages after a High Court ruled that a local authority allowed them to be ...

Foster Care Reforms Needed Alongside Focus On Adoption

Matthew Oakley | Posted 23.07.2012 | UK
Matthew Oakley

The last few weeks have seen a renewed focus from the Government on the system of care for children in England and Wales and, specifically, an attempt to fundamentally reform the adoption system.

Every 22 Minutes a Child Needs a Foster Carer

Dominic Stevenson | Posted 13.07.2012 | UK Politics
Dominic Stevenson

Every 22 minutes across the UK, a child comes into care and needs a foster carer.

Returning Home From Care: What's Best for Children?

Tom Rahilly | Posted 29.06.2012 | UK
Tom Rahilly

Around half of children who entered care as a result of abuse or neglect are abused again when they return. Children tell the NSPCC that they suffer repeated instances of physical, sexual and emotional abuse.

There is No Simple Answer to the Problems in the Care System

Cathy Ashley | Posted 06.05.2012 | UK Politics
Cathy Ashley

Just imagine being removed as a child from your parents, into a stranger's home, and split up from your brother or sister. Moreover, there are delays in care proceedings and an estimated 10,000 shortage of foster carers.

Gove Is Right to Back Care for Vulnerable Children

Peter Watt | Posted 28.04.2012 | UK Politics
Peter Watt

Last week Michael Gove gave a speech on the future of adoption. He challenged head on the belief that taking children from damaging home situations into care was itself damaging. As a foster carer myself I strongly welcome this clear and unambiguous statement. It is great to hear him say that care is a positive outcome for some children. Over the years, my wife and I have cared for significant numbers of children where we strongly felt that the rights of parents had come first, when decisions over whether to take children into care were being made.

Making Sure Looked After Young People Have Looked After Mental Health

Sarah Brennan | Posted 16.04.2012 | UK
Sarah Brennan

When children have no experience of a trusting relationship with an adult and are frequently moved from placement to placement the emotional trauma is immense. We shouldn't be surprised when this emotional trauma occasionally spills out into anger and violence.

Changes for Children in Care Are Heartening - But Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Anne Marie Carrie | Posted 11.04.2012 | UK
Anne Marie Carrie

There's a shortage of foster families across the UK - particularly for older children - which means that we desperately need to find nearly 9,000 new foster families over the next 12 months. And, on average, a child waits two years and seven months to be adopted.

Urgent Foster Care Needed For Older Children

The Huffington Post UK | Kyrsty Hazell | Posted 09.01.2012 | UK Lifestyle

A leading fostering and adoption charity is reaching out for more carers for older children, as they fear they're gradually becoming forgotten, amid a...