Fostering

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

Puja Darbari | Posted 09.09.2014 | 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 08.09.2014 | 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.

For Regular Regulation Wherever a Child Resides

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

The current discussion over Ofsted concerns personalities - the chair, the chief inspector, and the minister. It's missing an important point...

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.

Show You Support Young People Who Need Children's Homes to 21

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

All we know about Looked After Children tells us that stability of living arrangements is a key factor to achieve. With it comes the opportunity to experience those sharing pieces of life that make all the difference but which in our busy lives we speak of far too little, a feeling of belonging, development of trust, the acceptance that builds self-esteem and feeling understood.

Establishing the 'Hard Truths' About Our Children's Homes

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 09.03.2014 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

The Chancellor George Osborne says that 2014 is the year of hard truths. We agree. It is time for hard truths about children's homes. It's time the Government, as Osborne said about Labour and economic strategy, 'was straight with people' about children's homes.

Ensuring All Children's Homes Are Places Where Young People Feel Safe, Supported and Cared For

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

The right place at the right time for the right child. If we are to do this we need to do many things differently than we do now. Currently no children's home can feel safe secure and cared for because of the many pressures, especially those concerning finance and regulation, that are being applied to them.

Support for Care Leavers Must Remain a Priority

Bruce Oldfield | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Bruce Oldfield

Young people leaving care are one of the most vulnerable groups in society, more likely to become homeless, be unemployed and spend time in prison. Some will have been subject to abuse or neglect, and as vulnerable young adults they are likely to need someone to turn to, even after they have turned 18.

MPs - Please Don't Abandon Care Leavers

Dominic Stevenson | Posted 05.08.2013 | UK Politics
Dominic Stevenson

The Children and Families Bill reaches its report stage in Parliament next week. And with it comes the rare opportunity to make a real and lasting difference for young people in care in England, who too often find themselves having to live alone and with very little support by the time they reach 18.

Government Recommendations for Children's Homes on Right Road for Right Place at Right Time

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 28.06.2013 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

The Government can count on members of the Independent Children's Homes Association to co-operate enthusiastically as it implements reforms in the residential child care sector protecting and promoting the interests of vulnerable looked after children. The ICHA has long urged action and sought allies in pursuit of these goals.

Children Going Missing - New Guidance Getting the Message

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 28.05.2013 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

Going missing can be a symptom of issues in need of attention. A message from the young person has not been picked up, communication has broken down. We need to understand what it is that this young person is telling us now and probably has been trying to tell us for some time.

Full Spectrum Early Intervention Needs Residential Options Too

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 10.05.2013 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

The Early Intervention Foundation's (EIF) aspiration to end late intervention should be accompanied by research into residential options for children....

Call for a U-Turn on 'Bedroom Tax' for Foster Carers

Dominic Stevenson | Posted 05.05.2013 | UK Politics
Dominic Stevenson

Eleven children's charities, including the Fostering Network, TACT, The Who Cares? Trust and Barnardo's have this week written to Work and Pensions Minister Iain Duncan-Smith MP and Chancellor George Osborne MP to ask for foster carers to be exempt from under-occupancy penalties.

At Last, Children Whose Voices Are Rarely Heard Will Get the Attention They So Desperately Need

Anne Marie Carrie | Posted 07.04.2013 | UK
Anne Marie Carrie

In these difficult times protecting and promoting the well-being of the most vulnerable children in society must be our absolute priority, now more than ever. The introduction of the Children and Families Bill couldn't have come at a better time - it is an eagerly awaited piece of legislation which is long overdue.

Time to Pension Off Old Thinking About Residential Child Care

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 02.04.2013 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

If we are to succeed in our current rethinking of how we meet the needs of young people in need we should adjust our thinking about children's homes, fostering and adoption.

Barnardo's Plea to Light Up Lives of Children Waiting for Homes

Anne Marie Carrie | Posted 29.03.2013 | UK Politics
Anne Marie Carrie

Today, there are thousands more children waiting to be adopted or fostered than there are people coming forward, to be mums and dads. The figures speak for themselves; more than 4,600 children are currently awaiting families and we need to find some 9,000 new foster families in the next 12 months.

Reconnecting Residential Child Care 2013

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 19.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jonathan Stanley

We must challenge conventional but inaccurate thinking about our children's homes. The unremittingly negative image of children's homes just isn't found in real life.

The Rise And Rise Of Ukip?

The Huffington Post UK | Charlie Lindlar | Posted 30.11.2012 | UK Politics

The Labour Party may have swept to victory in Thursday's three by-elections but the big political winner of the night was the UK Independence Party (U...

Ukip Candidate Criticised After Condemning Gay Adoption

Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.11.2012 | UK Politics

Winston McKenzie, a Ukip candidate for Croydon North, has sparked outrage after insisting it was "not healthy" for a child to be adopted by a gay coup...

Are Ukip Supporters Racist?

Robert Ford | Posted 26.01.2013 | UK Politics
Robert Ford

Ukip's politicians are right to condemn the seizure of children due to their parents political views as the worst kind of political bigotry. But they must also acknowledge and respond to the darker motives attracting some voters to their party.

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...

Council Announce Investigation Into Ukip Parents Fiasco

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.11.2012 | UK

A council that removed three children from the care of foster parents who are members of Ukip is to hold an investigation into the decision, it said o...

Foster Parents Lose Kids For 'Racist Party' Membership

The Huffington Post UK | Charlie Lindlar | Posted 24.11.2012 | UK

A couple in Rotherham have had their three foster children taken from them by the local council - because of their membership of the UK Independence P...