2015-targetsA news article on the Fostering Network’s website highlights fostering targets for 2015.

Published on the 5th of February 2015, it sets out that 8,370 new foster families are needed across the UK to “to provide stable, secure and loving homes for record numbers of fostered children”.

In particular, more foster families are needed for children with disabilities, sibling groups and for teenagers.

Naturally, foster carers are retiring and others are leaving fostering for various reasons, whilst there are always new carers signing up and starting off, the number of children getting into care is rising. Part of the problem is that current carers aren’t being utilised to their fullest, and effectively. For example, if a potential foster carer becomes a foster carer, who is better suited to caring for a mother and baby placement, for instance, then this leaves others who are less capable of taking in this particular placement to then be able to take on a placement that would suit them better. This is of course, a simple example, but nevertheless demonstrates that somebody becoming a foster carer doesn’t just reduce the amount of new carers needed. It also gives the fostering service, or fostering agency, more of a chance to work more efficiently in matching up ideal carers for children and young people, resulting in fewer failed placements.

The article also points out some facts from the previous years;

  • 39,600 of the young people in care in England were aged 10 or older
  • 5,595 children with disabilities were living with foster carers
  • 1,520 siblings from 535 fostered sibling groups in England were separated, where the aim was for them to live together
  • 7,190 children who were fostered were placed over 20 miles from their home

We have also put together this basic infographic for you – feel free to share it on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms.


Source: The Fostering Network – https://www.fostering.net/node/4041#.VOynxXVtN5Q

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mother feeding baby

As the title of this blog posts suggests, fostering a family is possible and is a common occurrence.

As a fostering service, we on occasion have had to place a young mother into foster care, along with her child. This is actually a much more rewarding type of fostering, in the eyes of some, as it helps a young, vulnerable, mother become a good mother and have a good role model to look up to. It not only helps the future on a young person, it helps a family unit.

Below is a summary of an article I read from the Bristol Post, which talks about Trish and Duane Bryant, a couple from Bristol, who have decided to take up fostering and have had parent and child placements.

In the words of Trish, who is from a childcare background, as she worked in a nursery (whilst her partner is a fathers development worker):

“You don’t need to have a background like ours because the process and training is very thorough.
My advice is if you are interested pick up the phone so you can least find out what it entails – otherwise you will never know.

Making the call doesn’t mean you have to do it. It just means you can find out if it’s for you.”

The article mentions about the rewards of parent and child fostering, and ensuring that the young mother is capable of taking care of the baby.

Article Source: http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/MAKING-DIFFERENCE-JUST-REWARDING/story-25845106-detail/story.html

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If you are interested in parent and child fostering, or would like to know more, you can read our section on specialist fostering (in which we have a full page on Parent and Child Placements).
You can also get in touch with our office for a quick friendly chat, and to see if you can help give the chance a baby and mother deserve to lead a life which you can be proud of.
You can contact us via the online form or simply call us, either at the London Office on 02033973332, for London and the surrounding areas, or the Lancashire Office on 01616383391, for the North of England.