UK Fostering

Fostering Means Everything To Me

Lynda Vickers | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Lynda Vickers

Our second placement was a boy aged seven with epilepsy and cerebral palsy. We had befriended his family when he was just five and when he went into care at the age of seven he came to live with us. Twenty years on, he still lives with us. He is happy but still needs a lot of support with his disability.

These Foster Carers Want You To Know What It's Like Looking After Children

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK Parents

Every year, tens of thousands of children across the UK need foster carers because they are no longer able to live with their own families. According...

Mum Shares The Heartbreaking Moment She Told Her Toddler Why His Foster Sister Couldn't Stay

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK Parents

A first time foster mum has opened up about the heartbreaking moment when she had to explain to her toddler why his foster sister couldn’t live with...

Fostered Teenagers - A Double Whammy Of Misunderstanding

Kevin Williams | Posted 05.05.2017 | UK Parents
Kevin Williams

I would encourage anyone thinking about fostering to come forward because there are so many more teenagers out there who need a secure home environment to help them stabilise their lives and move forward.

Saying Goodbye To A Foster Child Is The Toughest Challenge

Martin Barrow | Posted 02.05.2017 | UK Parents
Martin Barrow

When a foster child arrives, we usually do not know how long the placement will last. It may be for days, weeks or months. This placement has lasted for almost one year and a half. That's two birthdays, two Christmases and two Easters.

Part-Time Foster Carers Are Worth Their Weight In Gold

Martin Barrow | Posted 12.04.2017 | UK Parents
Martin Barrow

Our long weekend was possible only because of the availability of respite care, arranged through West Sussex County Council, for whom we work as foster carers. Our children were able to stay with approved, experienced foster carers who make their home available to give full-time foster carers like us a break when we need it.

Foster Carers Become Masters Of Disguise

Martin Barrow | Posted 12.03.2017 | UK Parents
Martin Barrow

We learn new school runs and hitherto unknown neighbourhoods become focal points in our lives. Our weekends are punctuated by social events with families who were strangers to us until a few weeks ago.

LGBT Adoption And Fostering Week 2017

Javed Khan | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK
Javed Khan

One of the best things about my job is knowing how Barnardo's transforms the lives of vulnerable children on a daily basis. For me, that's about belie...

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.

Pride And Joy: How I Changed My Mind About Becoming An LGBT Parent

Sarah Hagger-Holt | Posted 20.02.2017 | UK Parents
Sarah Hagger-Holt

Rachel and a long-standing gay male friend had joked for years about becoming parents together. Eventually, we plucked up our courage and asked him and his partner whether they'd consider embarking on parenthood with us - not as a joke, but for real.

Woman Defines What 'Mummy' Means To Her Foster Child In Moving Post

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 14.02.2017 | UK Parents

A woman penned a touching definition of what it meant to be a “mummy” to her foster child. Jamie, who shares her experiences of being a foster pa...

Why Every Child Needs Someone Who Believes In Them

Javed Khan | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK
Javed Khan

Laughing while being pushed on the park swings, blowing out candles on a birthday cake and enjoying family holidays, are memories which make us look back and smile as we go through our adult lives.

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...

Children's Services And The Need For A Defence Of History In The Age Of Innovation

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK
Jonathan Stanley

There is still time for the Government to reconsider the professional and financial ramifications, and even more importantly, the ramifications for the children and young people we care for, who need, and have always needed the secure emotional base provided by safe, stable, careful, committed and reflective professional care.

A State That Looks After People Or A State That Cares For People - Thinking Towards A Government Social Care Strategy

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

We have not had a general policy direction for this new Government beyond Theresa May's conference speech where she stated the first duty of the state...

No Ordinary Birthday

Martin Barrow | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK Parents
Martin Barrow

The venue is booked, the guests have been invited. The eldest of our three foster children is preparing to celebrate her birthday. She is drawing up a list of presents that she would like, tentatively at first but gradually growing in confidence, with some encouragement. This is not something she has been able to do in the past, and it takes some getting used to.

Ten Year Wait For Minimum Fostering Allowances In Scotland Must End Soon

Kevin Williams | Posted 09.11.2016 | UK Politics
Kevin Williams

I sincerely hope, for the benefit of all the children living with dedicated and loving foster carers across Scotland, that these words of conviction and commitment are met with the action. Action which will result in foster carers in Scotland being properly resourced to look after the children in their care. The children of Scotland deserve the best from their corporate parents, and here's a long-delayed way to start showing that. Ten years of waiting is too long.

Can Big Business Learn Lessons For Their Working Parents From Families Who Adopt?

Helen Costa | Posted 24.10.2016 | UK Parents
Helen Costa

During that process to become "approved" you are given training and preparation. But nothing prepared us for the monumental task of learning to become a parent to a traumatised young child who was effectively a stranger and one that didn't want to be there.

Sinitta: 'I'm In The Process Of Fostering A Baby'

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 15.09.2016 | UK Parents

Sinitta has revealed she is “in the process” of fostering a baby, after previously suffering miscarriages and failed rounds of IVF. The 52-year-ol...

We Need More Foster Carers For Children In Care

Sir Tony Hawkhead | Posted 04.09.2016 | UK
Sir Tony Hawkhead

Moving from home to home can really affect a child's social skills, educational outcomes and employment prospects - impacting on their mental health and exacerbating any existing behavioural and emotional issues. We know first-hand the challenges these young people face, they have often experienced the worst in life, which means it can take several moves before they find the right foster carer to meet their specific needs.

Mum Shares Open Letter About How Adopting Her Son Changed Their Relationship Forever

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 23.08.2016 | UK Parents

A mum has shared an open letter about how adopting her son changed their relationship, and reminding everyone that it’s not always blood that makes ...

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...

Doing Different for Children's Homes

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

Sir Martin Narey's review is an opportunity to stop "doing what we've always done". It's an opportunity to be the best parents we can be for the children who we take into our care system. Being the best we can be means setting aside differences we may have with our co-parents, and allocating appropriate funding to the task of looking after the child as a priority.

How Combining Fostering and Adopting Provided My Son With the Loving Care He Needed as a Baby

Phil Smith1 | Posted 05.05.2017 | UK Parents
Phil Smith1

We had to approach this process appreciating that if it was possible, it would be the first choice for any baby. We would know we had been a vital safety net for the child, that we had minimised upheaval in the child's life and provided stability and love.

Child 'Lost' In Shopping Centre Ignored By Thousands Of People

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK Parents

A 'lost' child, stood alone for eight hours in the middle of the bustling Queen Street Mall in Brisbane, Australia, was offered help by just 21 people...