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Foster children with additional needs (Manchester City Council)

9th November 2018
Manchester City Council - a New Family Social member agency - is recruiting short-break foster carers; people with experience of working with children who have a physical or learning disability. Chil...

Rotherham councillor rapped for gay fostering remark (BBC News)

6th November 2018
A councillor who questioned whether LGBT people should be allowed to foster children has been removed from his post on a policing panel. A separate panel ruled his comments were homophobic and had br...

Third ‘outstanding’ rating for independent fostering agency (Nexus Fostering)

17th October 2018
Nexus Fostering has undertaken its latest Ofsted inspection and is happy to announce it has been rated 'Outstanding' for the third consecutive time since 2011. The report states that the agency...

Pedal Power & The Tour De South (Blue Sky Fostering)

21st September 2018
Cyclist Ben Arnett will take on the challenge of a lifetime and  cycle between all eight of Blue Sky Fostering’s offices, covering a total distance of 500 miles in just five days, all in aid of cha...

Free seminars for foster carers across London and the south east

19th September 2018
Diagrama Fostering has secured a National Lottery grant to fund specialised training for foster carers. Diagrama Fostering - part of the charity Diagrama Foundation - has been awarded £10,000 of ...

Carmarthen foster carer shares story of working with Calon Cymru Fostering

31st July 2018
'I was approved after going to panel in May 2015 and within a fortnight I had my first foster child placed with me. 'I have only had one placement so far, initially as a temporary placement whilst ...

Foster care reforms: Families to get clearer physical affection guidance (Children & Young People Now)

20th July 2018
Foster families will receive clearer advice on physical affection so they can feel more confident to hug and comfort the children in their care, the government has said. In addition the government ...

‘Woefully few’ young people benefiting from Staying Put (Children & Young People Now)

20th July 2018
A government initiative allowing young people to remain in foster care after turning 18 is benefiting too few young people, The Fostering Network has warned. The charity says that while the 'Staying ...

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 ...