Fostering Changes Programme

Karen Alemao (Registered Manager Designate) and I had the fantastic opportunity on behalf of Welcome Foster Care to be a part of the Fostering Changes Facilitators course which was held in Kings Norton, Birmingham from 17th to 21st September 2018.

The Fostering Changes Programme came out of the Conduct Disorder, Adoption and Fostering National and Specialist Team at Maudsley Hospital, South London, and aims to provides practical advice and training for foster carers in order to develop their skills in managing difficult and challenging child behaviour and forming positive relationships with their foster children. It draws substantially on ideas from current parenting training programmes that use a cognitive behavioural approach in order to develop skills.

It was great to meet and train with other staff members from the Capstone Foster Care Group in learning how to deliver this 12 week therapeutic parenting program, as we could share our experiences, ideas and thoughts. We learnt about various techniques, strategies and methods to help support our foster carers in learning practical skills to empower them to better manage their placements, and we had the opportunity to engage in group activities, role plays and discussions and we also delivered mini presentations to the group to enhance our facilitating skills.

The course has revealed significant improvements in carer–child interaction, child emotional problems and specific child problems causing most worry to carers, and it has also shown a beneficial effect on carers’ sense of confidence and self-efficacy.

I believe that this training programme will make an invaluable contribution to the support and retention of foster carers and will enable them to meet children’s needs as well as adapt to changing priorities.

I am very excited to be delivering the Fostering Changes program to our Foster Carers and to be a part of this “shared project” amongst the Capstone Foster Care Group!! 😊

Rebecca Gill

Assistant Team Manager, Welcome Foster Care

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Karen Alemao                                  Rebecca Gill                               The Capstone Foster Care Group


Mohammed and his wife have been foster carers for over three years. They currently have placements with two male unaccompanied minors. They became interested in becoming foster carers when they found themselves being backup carers for his daughter, who is also a foster carer.

Mohammed said:

‘We were inspired by this experience and wanted to support other children that were deserving of love and care. Our birth children had grown up and I felt it was important to care for other children in need. We felt that the skills and experience we had gained raising our own children could now be used to help children who had found themselves removed from their own parents.

There are many similarities between looking after our own children and caring for foster children. For instance, looking after and monitoring their well-being; providing an education, clothing, food; listening to their problems; and supporting their needs. And we have never really felt a difference, we try to care for them in the same way we have cared for our own children, we do not treat them differently to other family members and have instilled in them that they are our family members too.’

He went on to finally say:

Welcome Foster Care have provided lots of training, support and advice, they are organised and have good team, and we are thankful for the great job that they do.’

Thank you to Mohammed and his wife for making such a huge difference to young people’s lives everyday. If you feel you could open your heart and home and become a foster carer, get in touch today!




This year’s Annual Children’s Event was held at Fairlop Waters, a country park and leisure facility located in the London Borough of Redbridge. The sun was beaming down as children of all ages came out to celebrate with the whole Welcome Foster Care community. It was a fabulous day with lots of activities for all to enjoy; such as boating, wall climbing, soft play, and a even golf driving range. After all the fun in the sun, we came together for a well-deserved party, which included food, a children’s entertainer, music and even a photo booth, which was great fun.

Thank you to everyone who attended, it was a great success! Looking forward to next year’s Children’s Event celebration!

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