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.
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+.
How to support your local community
Supporting the local community is something many of us have been thinking about a lot more than usual since March 2020. The Covid-19 pandemic has reignited a sense of community that was starting to disappear from modern society and this is one of the few benefits to come from this difficult past year. Neighbours started to talk more, healthy people offered to do shopping for the vulnerable, we started to smile and say hello to strangers in the street and when we asked people how they were doing we stopped to really listen. Just because we are now on the roadmap out of the pandemic and back to a new version of normal life, that does not mean we need to leave this reignited community spirit behind too. If you want to help out in your local community and support vulnerable families and people in need, we have put together this list of ideas to help you get started.
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.
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.