Fostering is not your average job, but it is still a career path with its own unique ups and downs. Just like someone may not want to stay working in the same office for years, it is normal for foster carers to want to switch between agencies or local authorities and have a new challenge. If you are currently fostering and want to move across and foster with us, we would be delighted to hear from you and have a further discussion about progressing this.
Antibullying Week 2022 – Encouraging children to ‘Reach Out’ for help
This week is the Anti-Bullying Alliance Antibullying Week. This year the theme is ‘reach out’ and the aim is to encourage children to reach out whenever bullying occurs. Whether a child is being bullied or has witnessed someone else be bullied, this week we want to empower them to reach out for help and support.
Focus Foster Care team manager wins Best LP Practice Supervisor award
In June this year, Focus Foster Care’s very own team manager, Emma, was nominated for the prestigious title of ‘Best LP Practice Supervisor’ at the Birmingham City University ‘Social Work Practice Learning Celebration Day’. We could not be prouder to announce that Emma went on to win the award.
Fostering sibling groups – all the facts
The Fostering Network recently released data showing that there is currently a need for over
9000 new fostering families across the UK. A lack of foster carers can lead to siblings in need of
foster care becoming separated. If you want to become a foster carer, have you considered the
possibility of fostering sibling groups? In this blog post, we are sharing all the information you
need about fostering siblings. With your help, more brothers and sisters can be kept together
during their time in foster care.
Meet The Team – Lucy, Supervising Social Worker
Welcome back to our latest post in our ‘Meet The Team’ series. These blog posts are here to help new and aspiring foster carers get to know all the team here at Focus Foster Care. We are a small agency but our team is made up of hard working and dedicated people. Recently, a new supervising social worker joined the team. Without further ado, let’s hand you over to Lucy…
Enjoying the summer holidays as a foster family
Happy summer holidays! The six-week summer break is a wonderful opportunity to spend quality time with the children in your care, to make special memories and to have some much-needed time to rest and recuperate as a family, after a busy year of school. However, as in many situations, the summer holidays can look a little different for foster families.
5 Resources To Help Parents and Carers Prevent Accidents In The Home – Child Safety Week
Helping families stop serious accidents lies at the heart of Child Safety Week, an annual awareness campaign run by the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT). As our foster families care for children from 0-18 years, it is important that they know how to prevent any accidents from occurring in the home.
As a fostering agency, we care deeply about child safety and want to provide our foster carers with as much advice as possible. The theme for this year’s Child Safety Week is Safety In Mind. Accidents are less likely to occur when parents and carers know the risks and know what changes they need to make around the home to keep babies and children safe.
Busting Myths About Fostering and the LGBTQ+ Community
Happy Pride month! Pride is a month of celebration for the LGBTQI+ community and as a fostering agency we like to show our support. This year we are marking the occasion by sharing some facts about the fostering and LGBT+ community and we are also sharing some useful resources for parents and carers raising children who identify as LGBTQ+.
The Importance of Fostering Communities – Foster Care Fortnight 2022
Every May, The Fostering Network run their annual fostering awareness campaign and each year
there is a different theme. This year, the theme is fostering communities. It takes more than one
person to help a child in need of foster care. In fact, fostering communities are needed to make sure
children, their birth families and their foster carers all get the support they need. Here at Focus
Foster Care, we have a tight-knit community of foster carers and our team here at our independent
fostering agency. We believe in the life-changing power of foster care and work hard as an agency to
support everyone in our community.
Meet the team – Jess, Office Administrator
Welcome back to our Meet The Team series. Earlier this month our office administrator Jess left us pursue the next stage in her career. We wish Jess good luck in her new venture and we are happy to welcome our new office administrator, also called Jess! So, without further adieu, let’s get to know Jess a little better.