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Council rejects £3,310 foster care-leaver payment (BBC News)

21st February 2017
A watchdog has said it was 'concerned and disappointed' after a council refused to repay a foster care-leaver whose savings were not monitored. Find out more: Council rejects £3,310 foster care-...

Diagrama Foundation – 14 Year Old Blogger on Birth Family Contact

20th February 2017
Contact with birth relatives after adoption, while sometimes unsettling, can play an important role in helping a child to understand who they are and to establish their identity. At Diagrama Adoption ...

Foster carers face ‘incredibly complex task’, MPs told (BBC News)

2nd February 2017
  The status of fostering must be raised to give foster carers the recognition they deserve, MPs on the Commons education select committee have heard. Foster care families often felt unsupp...

Social workers not treating foster carers ‘as equal’, report says (Community Care)

2nd February 2017
New research by the Fostering Network finds that foster carers feel pressured to take on cases outside of their approved range. Half of those who took children outside their range felt 'pressured' ...

‘I sent my adopted son back into care’ (BBC News)

2nd February 2017
  Thousands of children are successfully adopted each year, but a small number of cases will end in failure. This report looks at the post-adoption support some children need and the impact ...

Adoption support cap to remain until 2018 (Children & Young People Now)

27th January 2017
  Limits to the amount of money families with adopted children can claim for therapeutic support will remain in place until at least 2018 it has been announced. As a result of demand for th...

‘We are the epitome of the gig economy – we deserve rights’ (The Guardian)

18th January 2017
The Foster Care Workers Union is calling for better pay and job protection for carers who they describe as 'the epitome of the gig economy'. Find out more: 'We are the epitome of the gig economy ...

HMRC support for foster carers

12th January 2017
HMRC has announced details of a series of webinars to support foster carers and other self-employed people in completing tax returns and understanding income tax and business expenses. For more inform...

Foster Care At Christmas? It’s Complicated (The Huffington Post)

15th December 2016
Foster carer Martin Barrow shares the challenges facing foster carers and their charges over the festive season in this thought-provoking opinion piece. Find out more: Foster Care At Christmas?...

Adoptions by same-sex couples in England now nearly 1 in 10

8th December 2016
New figures published today – 8 December – by the Department for Education show adoptions by same-sex couples accounted for 9.6 per cent of all adoptions in England in 2016. This was a rise from 8...