Foster Children

Teenage Years Are Tough Enough Even If You're Not A Child In Care

Javed Khan | Posted 08.09.2017 | UK
Javed Khan

We need people from all cultural, religious and ethnic backgrounds to come forward. Our foster carers are of various ages. You can be single or married, male or female, a homeowner or renting, straight, lesbian, gay, trans or bisexual. It doesn't matter. We believe you can be a foster carer and so should you.

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.

Fostering With Pride

Fabrizio Melis | Posted 08.07.2017 | UK Parents
Fabrizio Melis

Our journey into fostering started after two successful adoptions and the understanding of how important fostering a looked after child is. Our children were extremely lucky to have had amazing foster families, who provided a loving and stable environment and also prepared them for their forever families.

Fostering This Father's Day

Asrat Hailegiorgis | Posted 18.06.2017 | UK Parents
Asrat Hailegiorgis

My name is Asrat, I'm a male foster carer. When I became a carer I told my youngest brother about it and he said to me, when he thinks of fostering, older women or elderly retired couples come to his mind, but he never thought younger single men would be interested or involved.

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.

Why It's Important To Celebrate International Children's Day Every Day

Javed Khan | Posted 01.06.2017 | UK
Javed Khan

We support these children through services ranging from work in schools, where youngsters learn it's okay to talk and ask for help, to trauma focused practice. Through all our work we make them realise there is help out there, not just on International Children's Day but every day.

Fostering Has Enriched Our Lives

Rob Kennedy | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK Parents
Rob Kennedy

Bob and I had planned for quite a while to become foster carers and purposely bought a bigger house. Soon after we had been cleared to foster we went from zero children to three siblings, which was a bit of a shock to the system.

New Year's Resolution To Volunteer? Befriend A Child In Foster Care As An Independent Visitor

Diane Chandler | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Diane Chandler

IVs are totally independent from social workers, foster carers and others involved in the child's care. Often they can provide continuity in the life of a young person, who may find themselves transferred from one foster home to another, or experience a string of different social workers.

Foster Care Is Renewal of the Human Spirit

Martin Barrow | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK
Martin Barrow

As she runs off to play, I contemplate the wondrous capacity of the human spirit to overcome adversity. Just a few weeks ago this same child did not know me, and had never set foot in our home. All this is new and alien. She has been removed from everything she has ever known to become a looked-after child in foster care, with no sense of how long this might last.

Saying No Is the Hardest Thing

Martin Barrow | Posted 03.11.2016 | UK Parents
Martin Barrow

Few things trouble a foster care more than having to refuse a child placement. It is one of the most difficult decisions we face and is never taken lightly. We are committed to providing a safe haven to vulnerable children.

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.

Sons and Daughters of Foster Carers Give a Great Gift: They Share Their Parents

Martin Barrow | Posted 17.08.2016 | UK Parents
Martin Barrow

Parents chose to become foster carers, and their children, to one degree or another, go along with that choice. They may not do so with the same conviction, even if they understand its value. But their consent is absolutely essential: they may not realise it, but the success of a placement is down to them as much as it is to the adults, and often even more so.

Our Family and Our Foster Care Journey

Jesse Toksvig-Stewart | Posted 03.08.2016 | UK Parents
Jesse Toksvig-Stewart

My mum has since gone on to have about 11 short-term foster placements with young children looking for love and stability. Many kids that with a good routine, structure and cuddles, blossomed into charismatic little people they had never got a chance to be.

Children in Care - Prison Isn't Destiny

Kevin Williams | Posted 23.06.2016 | UK Politics
Kevin Williams

It's much harder to allow them to fail, it's much more effort to turn the other cheek, and I hope that this review will shine a light on many of the steps we can all take towards supporting young people and helping them to achieve their dreams.

The Love and Loss of Caring for a Foster Child

Martin Barrow | Posted 12.06.2016 | UK Parents
Martin Barrow

One of the joys of foster care is being a witness to extraordinary, life-changing moments. I shall never forget the day we took three young children to the beach for the first time ever, even though they had lived no more than 15 miles from the sea.

Parents-To-Be Share Big News With Heartwarming Twist

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Forget the innovative pregnancy announcements on YouTube, one couple decided to share some big news of their own using a simple card. But it's the twi...

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.

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.

Should People Foster Kids To Offset The Bedroom Tax?

PA | Posted 28.03.2013 | UK Politics

Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg has said councils should not be encouraging tenants to take in foster children simply to cover the cost of the so-cal...

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.

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...