Coronavirus update March 2021
It has been twelve months since the first national lockdown was announced and the UK population were asked to stay at home. With the first anniversary of lockdown prompting the country to look back on all the events of the last year, we wanted to take this opportunity to reflect and acknowledge the hard work of our team of foster carers, social workers and support staff here at Focus Foster Care. We are also looking forward…
Reflecting on a year of the Coronavirus pandemic.
As has been the case for so many people, the work of our team has continued since March 2020 but we have had to be creative in our ways of working. Throughout lockdown children continued to need placing in safe and loving foster families and our foster carers rose to the challenge, prioritising children’s needs whilst managing the additional risks presented by Covid19. Every Thursday the country clapped in support and appreciation of the NHS and key workers and we acknowledged our incredible foster carers during this weekly display of gratitude. We believe foster carers have been some of the unsung heroes of the pandemic, welcoming children and supporting children going through a traumatic and difficult time.
As the first lockdown came to an end, Barnado’s reported a surge in children being referred to them for foster care. People in the fostering sector were working harder than ever to ensure children were getting the care they needed. The pandemic pushed everyone involved in fostering to get creative in the way services and support were delivered. We embraced technology when arranging visits with birth families, performing assessments and undertaking routine meetings. Some foster carers home-schooled while other looked after children attended the childcare hubs at their school. It has been a continuous team effort to keep foster families as safe as possible through these extremely challenging circumstances. At our independent fostering agency we have welcomed new foster carers to our team and have continued to work tirelessly to support children and their families.
Looking ahead and moving forward…
As the country now heads out of the most recent lockdown, our recruitment drive continues. More foster carers are needed to offer a home to and support all of the children and young people needing foster care. We have not stopped taking new enquiries from potential foster carers and carrying out assessments and progressing to panel. In many ways it has not been business as usual but in others it very much has been business as usual.
Our work has not stopped and now as we begin to see restrictions lift we want to again encourage anyone thinking of fostering to get in touch. The coronavirus vaccine has been offered to all foster carers in our team as they fall into the key worker category. Our team at Focus Foster Care have all received the first dose of the vaccine and have appointments booked for the next dose. We continue to work from home whenever possible but we will be getting back to routine face to face appointments in the very near future. Our team are looking forward to once more being able to deliver our services face to face.
We would like to end this post by acknowledging all of the incredible children and young people in care across the country. All children have been through a massive upheaval this year, their lives have changed beyond recognition and they have missed so much. For vulnerable children and those coming into foster care, they have had to deal with all of the uncertainty and disturbances of the pandemic on top of the difficulties and traumas they have experienced at home. Children have had to adjust to life with a new foster family on top of all the changes to daily life we have all experienced. As a team we already knew how resilient children can be but this year has shown us even more so how incredible children can be when faced with the most difficult circumstances.
The last year has turned all of our lives upside down and made us look at life through brand new eyes. If the events of the past year have made you realise you want to spend more of your time helping others and has given you a greater sense of empathy, perhaps now is the time to look into becoming a foster carer. Just as we have been throughout the whole pandemic, we are here to answer any of your questions and help to get you started on your fostering journey.
To find out more about fostering and how to become a foster carer with our independent fostering agency, please read the following pages on our website:
Types of foster care.
Who can foster?
How to become a foster carer with Focus Foster Care.
Fostering – frequently asked questions.
The benefits of fostering with Focus Foster Care.