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Coronavirus and the wellbeing of looked after children – advice for foster families

Life as a child being looked after away from home can be full of anxiety and uncertainty. A child may feel like what happens with their lives is out of their control and moving away from their birth families (even if just temporarily) can be a really scary time. With the current Coronavirus pandemic taking over our lives, I am sure many of us feel similar to these children right now: scared, anxious and overwhelmed. We wanted to write a short post today to update you on what is happening at Focus Foster Care during the Coronavirus outbreak and to share important information on how this crisis will likely impact on looked after children. We hope everyone is keeping safe and would like to remind our foster carers we are still available on the phone any time you need us.

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Meet the team – Jess Rowe-Martin, office administrator

Welcome back to Meet the team, our monthly feature where we introduce another member of the Focus Foster Care team. So far our registered manager Kevin, our social worker Fiona and our supervising social worker Emma have all introduced themselves. The purpose of our Meet the Team posts is to help all potential foster carers to get to know every one at Focus and feel more at ease when making that first phone call and having their first home visits with one of the team. We understand that applying to foster can feel overwhelming and perhaps a bit daunting and we hope these posts will reassure those wanting to foster with us that we are just people too and there’s nothing to worry about. For today’s Meet the team post, we are handing you over to our office administrator, Jess.

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How to become a foster carer with Focus Foster Care

Recent research published on The Fostering Network website discovered that over 7000 new foster carers are needed in England in order to be able to meet the needs of the number of children needing care away from their birth families. There are currently 56160 children living with foster carers and approximately 44450 foster families in England, creating a significant shortfall and a need for more people to put themselves forward to care for these vulnerable children. At Focus Foster Care we are actively seeking to recruit people who want to become foster carers to join our dedicated and committed team. If you are thinking about fostering and would like to know more about the process of fostering with our agency, here is a quick guide on what you need to do and what to expect from the process.

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Can I foster if..? – busting the myths about who can foster

There are many reasons why people think they won’t be suitable to foster a child and lots of the time these reasons are actually just myths.  Do you want to be a foster carer but have something on your mind that is stopping you from applying? Maybe you think you won’t be allowed to foster because you are single or because you have children of your own. Whatever it is that is stopping you from pursuing a career in fostering, we are trying to sort out the facts from the myths in this post and we hope it helps to answer your questions. Can I foster if…well, let’s find out.

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Meet the team – Emma Higgs, supervising social worker

Welcome back to our monthly ‘meet the team’ feature. Through these blog posts we are introducing you to all the team here at Focus Foster Care. We hope by getting to know us all a bit better you will feel more comfortable and at ease if you decide to get in touch with our independent fostering agency about becoming one of our foster carers. So far we have introduced you to our registered manager, Kevin, and our social worker, Fiona. Our supervising social worker Emma is introducing herself today, we hope you enjoy getting to know another member of the Focus Foster Care family.

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20 reasons to become a foster carer in 2020

The New Year is here and most people are setting themselves goals and resolutions for the next twelve months. Whilst we all have our own reasons for making resolutions like eat more healthily/take up jogging and so on, perhaps this year more of us should consider doing something that could change the lives of vulnerable children. Fostering is a challenge, it takes work but is also extremely rewarding. If you want to make a change in 2020 to your own life and make a positive impact on the lives of local children then fostering could be something for you to consider. At our independent fostering agency we believe every child deserves a happy childhood and we do all we can to embrace the lives of vulnerable children. 2020 could be the year you join our team of foster carers and really make a difference where it is needed most. We are not saying don’t take up jogging if that’s something you want to do but if you have a big heart and have been thinking about doing something really worthwhile and rewarding, perhaps you can make 2020 the year you begin your fostering journey. Here are 20 reasons why we think becoming a foster carer is a great goal to set yourself in 2020.

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Meet the team – Fiona Aristidou, social worker

Welcome back to Meet the Team, our monthly blog feature where you can get to know the people who work here at Focus Foster Care a little better. In our first post we introduced you to Kevin our registered manager, you can read all about him by clicking here. Today, our social worker Fiona is taking over. Our Meet the team features are here so you can get to know us all a bit better and, if you are considering becoming a foster carer with our independent fostering agency, hopefully you will feel more at ease about picking up the phone and having a chat with us. We are a small team, we are our own little family and we hope you enjoy getting to know us all. Now, over to Fiona…

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25 ideas to spend quality time together as a foster family this Christmas.

The festive season is now well and truly upon us and this year we have something very special to share with you. At this time of year we can all feel a lot of pressure to spend lots of money on presents for our children. Whilst of course we recognise gifts are a big part of Christmas, we urge you all to try and remember this quote in the lead up to Christmas Day , “Children need our PRESENCE more than they need our PRESENTS “.

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5 things every potential foster carer needs to know

Being a foster carer is not always easy and is something you should think a lot about beforehand. As with many things in life, you cannot ever be completely prepared for life as a foster parent; you can only know exactly what fostering is like when you are going through the experience yourself. However, it is always beneficial to research as much as you can and try and get a better idea of what life might be like if you were to become a foster carer. In this post we are sharing five things we think every potential foster carer needs to know. This list has been compiled with the knowledge of our social workers and team here at Focus Foster Care. If you are considering becoming a foster carer yourself then we hope this post helps you get a better understanding of foster care and what life will be like as a foster parent.

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Meet the team – Kevin Reynolds, registered manager

At Focus Foster Care, we see our team as a family. We all share one vision and are working towards the same goal: helping local children have the happy childhoods they deserve. We are passionate about embracing the lives of children in foster care and we do so by carefully placing them with our wonderful foster carers. You can find out all about our Coventry based independent fostering agency by reading our about page but we thought you might want to get to know all of us as individuals’ too. As previously mentioned, Focus Foster Care is like a happy family and we see the launch of our new blog as the perfect opportunity to properly introduce ourselves and for you to get to know us all a bit better. After all, if you decided to become a foster carer with us, you will be joining the family too!

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