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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.

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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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