Fostering

Regenerating and Reinvigorating Our Care System - Resolving to Ensure the Right Place at the Right Time for Every Child

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 17.05.2016 | 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 09.05.2016 | 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 05.05.2016 | 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...

We Have to Start Thinking 'Less'

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 14.03.2016 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

Professionally we grew up, our children's services and child care theory and practice developed, in times of plenty, and by extension, of certainty. We never dreamed we would one day dread the implications of a world where plenty and certainty were not present.

Keep Children in Care Connected to Those Who Matter to Them

Kevin Williams | Posted 11.02.2016 | UK Politics
Kevin Williams

If the governments of the UK are to create future generations of successful and happy care experienced young people, they have to support them in maintaining the relationships that bring them security, happiness, and the freedom to express themselves and fulfil their potential.

Kitchen of Life

Martin Barrow | Posted 03.02.2016 | UK Parents
Martin Barrow

It has taken time but our foster children have finally got used to me doing the washing up, peeling potatoes and preparing lunch, although they still expect me to cut a finger when I chop carrots.

The Young Become the Old

Martin Barrow | Posted 18.01.2016 | UK
Martin Barrow

It is an unlikely friendship. He's pushing 90, blind and not as quick on his feet as he used to be. She's not yet four, and until recently rarely said a word. Now she has found her voice and she has plenty to say for herself. Within moments she is holding the elderly gent's hand and he is laughing out loud. If he's not careful she'll soon be helping herself to the cake from his plate.

Do Profits Matter When Providing a Happy, Stable Home for a Child in Care?

Sir Tony Hawkhead | Posted 13.01.2016 | UK
Sir Tony Hawkhead

This week marks the latest campaign highlighting the need for more foster carers to come forward to provide supportive and loving homes to the thousands of children in the UK who have often experienced the worst in life.

Two Men and Two Babies

Dr Elizabeth Sparkes | Posted 13.01.2016 | UK Parents
Dr Elizabeth Sparkes

What strikes me about these two men is that between them they run a tight ship, there are no blurred boundaries and they have huge hearts. Love isn't a soft emotion, compassion and love are strong courageous and determined.

When the Numbers of Foster Care Don't Add Up

Martin Barrow | Posted 04.01.2016 | UK
Martin Barrow

How many children have we fostered? From now on, that will remain between us and the children, thank you.

Education, Much More Than Box Ticking

Kevin Williams | Posted 08.12.2015 | UK
Kevin Williams

Educational outcomes are easy to analyse, put in tables, and condemn and congratulate people for - but all too often it is forgotten that the focus of education should be on the child, on their needs, their wishes, and their aspirations.

Baby With No Name 'Should Be Placed For Adoption', Judge Rules

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK Parents

A four-month-old baby who was not given a name by her parents should be placed for adoption, a judge has ruled. The baby girl, currently in foster ...

The Kindness of Strangers

Martin Barrow | Posted 18.11.2015 | UK
Martin Barrow

I count my blessings. This week I had the privilege of attending the Mind Media Awards and Fostering Excellence Awards in London on successive evenings. Both events are born out of human frailty but celebrate the extraordinary kindness and resilience of ordinary people in the face of often appalling circumstances.

Children's Homes Need a Prime Minister That Is Crazy About Them

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 13.10.2015 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

After the Prime Minister's speech to the Conservative Party conference Looked After Children are now, truly, Children in Care, in the care of all of us. To name the scandal of the social exclusion of Children in Care was a brave and necessary thing.

Permanency Must Be the Gold Standard for Children in Care, Not Adoption

Martin Barrow | Posted 08.10.2015 | UK
Martin Barrow

If adoption is to be the gold standard for looked-after children, then we appear to have failed as foster carers. Only one of the children we have cared for has been adopted, while a number of different outcomes were agreed for the other children.

Business, We Need to Talk About the Future of Fostering

Martin Barrow | Posted 28.09.2015 | UK
Martin Barrow

We urgently need more foster carers. Another 8,000 additional families are required to meet demand for stable, secure and loving homes for record numbers of fostered children, according to The Fostering Network

Thousands of Foster Children Move Home Several Times a Year

Sir Tony Hawkhead | Posted 20.09.2015 | 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.

Foster Carers Provide Loving Homes for Refugee Children

Kevin Williams | Posted 07.09.2015 | UK Politics
Kevin Williams

Europe is at a turning point. Now leaders from across the EU are listening to the calls to offer homes to those who are risking their lives fleeing tyranny and violence in their home country.

Our Family and Our Foster Care Journey

Jesse Toksvig-Stewart | Posted 04.08.2015 | 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.

What It Means to 'Protect Our Foster Kids'

Kevin Williams | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK
Kevin Williams

"A foster carer treats you like family, like their own children."

My Night in an 'Emergency' B&B Used for Children Leaving Care

Puja Darbari | Posted 08.11.2014 | UK
Puja Darbari

For most young people with a secure family support network, the transition from childhood to adulthood is an amazing time, full of excitement and opportunities to embrace your independence and make your voice heard...

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.

Why Fostering Can't Become Adoption's Poor Relation

Javed Khan | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK
Javed Khan

I am awed by the inspirational carers who give a home to children who have often suffered so much and find the courage and empathy to give joy to young lives. The capacity to love, sheer generosity and genuine interest in caring for children that I have seen has given me hope that there are more people out there who care about those children who have no one.

Tell Me What Is My Name?

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK
Jonathan Stanley

An effect of trauma can be experiences of disorientation and disconnection. Impingement on a person can be so severe that it has the potential to inhibit the development or fracture fragile identity, or there is a need for pathological compliance with the demands of another that are inimical to your own best interests.