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Stockport’s unique support scheme for foster carers

16th July 2018
Stockport is one of a number of authorities who are part of the Mockingbird scheme, which helps support local foster carers with their fostering placements. The scheme brings together up to ten fos...

Diagrama offers free training to become a professional foster carer

14th May 2018
Diagrama Foundation is offering free training to anyone interested in a new career as a foster carer, in celebration of Foster Care Fortnight, which starts on Monday. (14-27 May, 2018) The charity ...

Stefan and John Talk Fostering with Blue Sky

15th January 2018
We are Stefan & John, but everyone calls us Stef & Smiffy. We passed our panel assessment on 28th January 2016 and had our first YP (Young Person) the next day. Since then we have had 3...

Nexus Fostering Interview Greg and Lee About Foster Care

10th January 2018
  What are your names? G: I am Greg, and I would describe myself as individual in my style and very sociable. L: I am Lee and I enjoy cooking. I’m less sociable and I enjoy stay...

Blue Sky Fostering continues its relationship with Duke of Edinburgh

4th January 2018
Blue Sky Fostering continues its relationship with Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) as the first independent fostering agency in the UK to provide access to DofE activities for looked-after children. On 4...

Free childcare to be extended to foster carers (Children & Young People Now)

21st December 2017
Foster carers are to become eligible for 30 hours free childcare, children’s minister Robert Goodwill has confirmed. Speaking in a House of Commons debate on the issue, Goodwill said that the g...

Report says 20% of siblings taken into care are split up (BBC News)

22nd November 2017
A report finds that 20% of sibling groups were split up because of difficulty finding suitable places.   Almost 20 per cent of sibling groups in Scotland taken into care were split up because o...

Mr Gay England encourages Liverpool LGBT community to become foster carers (Liverpool Echo)

26th July 2017
  Mr Gay England Matt Henderson-Rood - a former foster carer himself - is encouraging more LGBT people to get involved in fostering. Source: Mr Gay England encourages Liverpool LGBT commu...

Dozens of Wales’ looked-after children in care outside country (BBC News)

23rd May 2017
More than 130 looked-after children from Wales are currently in care placements outside the country, according to the BBC. BBC Wales asked all 22 local authorities in Wales how many children and yo...

‘Men who care: What are the experiences of gay male foster carers?’ – Research request

18th May 2017
A Newcastle University MA Sociology undergraduate wants to speak to gay male foster carers for research for his dissertation. Foster carers can be single or in couples and from anywhere in the UK. R...