Foster Parents

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.

This Retired Couple, Aged 76 And 84, Has Fostered 46 Children Over The Last 30 Years

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK Parents

A couple aged 76 and 84 who have been fostering children for the past 30 years said they will carry on doing it for as long as they can. Ken, 84, and...

Militant Foster Carers Are A Sign Of Deep Discontent In The World Of Child Protection

Martin Barrow | Posted 25.09.2016 | UK Parents
Martin Barrow

The reality is that our system of child protection relies overwhelmingly on volunteers. Foster carers provide homes for three out of every four children and young people in care. In return, they receive no salary but are compensated through allowances based on the number of children they care for and their special needs.

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.

As a Foster Carer You Always Feel That You Should Have Done More for a Child

Martin Barrow | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK Parents
Martin Barrow

We want our foster children to grow up to become doctors or teachers, engineers or scientists, to have the same opportunities and aspirations as our own daughters, and how wonderful that would be.

Why Foster Carers Need More Than Just Kind Words

Martin Barrow | Posted 09.06.2016 | UK
Martin Barrow

When we became foster carers some years ago we decided that we would focus on short-term care, helping to keep sibling groups together while their futures were decided by others. But, as we have learned, 'short term' means anything from a few days to many months, and even years.

Why I Will Always Be a Foster Child

Victoria Leith | Posted 23.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Victoria Leith

I invited my foster parents to my wedding - I felt it was so important for them to be there. They came and again, when I saw them, it felt so strange as I only recognised them from photos, not having proper physical memories... yet the connection was so strong.

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.

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...

Care Homes 'Failing Children'

PA | Posted 17.08.2012 | UK

An independent investigation is needed into England's children's homes which are failing to manage and protect youngsters who run away or go missing, ...