UK Fostering

It's Time To Treat Foster Carers As The Professionals That They Are

Kevin Williams | Posted 25.08.2017 | UK
Kevin Williams

These things are very important if foster carers are to be treated as the co-professionals that they are. We hope the various reviews of fostering and the care system that are currently taking place across the UK will lead to change in all these areas.

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.

We Make Happy Summer Memories For Children In Care

Martin Barrow | Posted 16.07.2017 | UK
Martin Barrow

If I paint a particularly bleak picture of a typical summer in the world of fostering, I apologise. Yet these are some of the concerns that preoccupy the UK's 55,000 fostering families as they prepare for the end of term. This summer they will carry much of the burden of caring for society's most vulnerable children alone, with little help from their communities. I just thought you should know.

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.

Pride And Joy Of Being A Foster Family

Martin Barrow | Posted 04.07.2017 | UK Parents
Martin Barrow

We never forget what a privilege it is, to be granted these memories and to share in the joy, nor do we underestimated the scale of the responsibility we have been given. We also are conscious that each milestone we witness is a milestone withheld from a birth parent or grandparent, or a moment that has not been shared with a forever family.

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.

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...