Working Foster Carers

Are you currently working but would like to foster? Have you been told that you can’t foster because you work? Depending on your flexibility, you could foster whilst working! Many children will require a foster carer to be at home full-time (pre-school in particular) due to the high levels of contact/family time, appointments, social worker…

The Power of Social Media Influencers

Social media is a significant presence in most people’s lives, particularly children and young people, and has had many positive impacts but there are some negatives. For example, social media influencers can have many online followers and portray glamourous lifestyles that young people are obviously interested in and perhaps wish to achieve for themselves when…

Keeping Siblings Together – My Name is Leon

Did you watch the recent adaption of Kit de Waal’s well-regarded book about a young boy who is trying to navigate being in foster care in the early 1980s (a very different time for fostering and ideas of child-centred practice!)? If you did, wasn’t the young actor in the title role, Cole Martin, fantastic! Whilst…

Pride – June 2022

This year marks 50 years of Pride celebrations in the UK!  Gay Pride did however start a few years earlier in the USA, where the first LGBT Pride march was coordinated by Brenda Howard, known as the “Mother of Pride”.  She also initiated the idea of a programme of weeklong events around the Pride march.…

World Foster Day – 31 May

Today is World Foster Day!  World Foster Day is held annually on 31 May and is an amazing global initiative that was started in 2018 and has increasingly gained momentum and traction over the past few years. Today we want to highlight and thank all the families and individuals who have raised their hands to…

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

The Queen’s Jubilee let’s celebrate with a party! Her Majesty has given this country 70 years of loyal service and she, and the rest of us, deserve to have a good time celebrating.  As a community, our road wanted to make this occasion one to remember and celebrate. A small group of residents met to…

Creatively Supporting A Child’s Emotions

As a foster carer, you may be caring for a child that may need some extra support to express themselves or manage their emotions. Here are a couple of great creative ideas that you may like to explore, to help children and young people of all ages with some of these issues.  Working on these…

UK Fostering – Our Fostering Community

Reflecting on the theme of this year’s Foster Care Fortnight, we at the UK Fostering work feel that we work hard to create an environment in which all, whether you are a foster carer, young person, staff member or external colleague, can feel part of the UK Fostering community. For us at the UK Fostering…

Foster Care Fortnight 2022

Each year during Foster Care Fortnight we hope to share with you the wonderful world of being a foster carer, and how fostering can transform the lives of children and young people who are temporarily not able to live with their families. From 9th through to 22nd May this year we will look at this…