Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Fostering 'J' ..... A - Z Blog Challenge

As Jeff and I have been foster carers for 3 years this month it seemed the right time to have Fostering as a topic for the A-Z. We're still new enough that we're not jaded yet, but have had a pretty bumpy ride, so fairly realistic in what fostering is really about.

Further information at The Fostering Network

Actually incredibly difficult to find a J! So, J can be for Jeff, who is not only an awesome (using that word cos I know how much he loves the overuse of the word) foster carer, but when I was trying to think of a J, reminded me of the following:

Foster care is not all about good care, paperwork and transparency. Sometimes things can go wrong, very wrong. I have attached several links on a horrific abuse scandal that occurred on the island of Jersey. Please be warned that the children suffered so do not click on the link if you have any doubts about being able to cope with what happened. 

To give you an idea of the articles, this is an excerpt from one of them ....'The inquiry, which examined the care system in Jersey from the mid-1940's onwards, heard how children suffered abuse, emotional cruelty and neglect at the hands of unsuitable carers. It said: 'In summary, we have found a worrying history of both inappropriate and ineffectual state intervention and state indifference. Children have, at times, been removed from families without a statutory basis or for seemingly inconsequential reasons.' It was not only Haut de la Garenne that was criticised in the report. It said that a Roman Catholic orphanage called Sacre Coeur - where former residents said they were sexually and physically abused - ran for 70 years before there was any state inspection. A home run by the Vegetarian Society for 33 years that punished children caught eating meat was only inspected once, in 1981.'

The Guardian March 2008

The Guardian July 2008

Evening Standard August 2008 

The Guardian November 2008

Daily Mail

The Guardian July 2017

The Telegraph July 2017


  1. I wonder if there's a book written yet about this children's home. Wow. I have only read the first link and I'm so intrigued.

    1. Oh wow - didn't think of that. Would make a powerful film :( Did you read the rest of the links? x


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