Saturday, May 11, 2019

Foster Care Fortnight

As foster care fortnight starts Monday, today seems a good day to write a blog post on fostering. You can read all about it on The Foster Network website here.

In a nutshell this is what they say:
Foster Care Fortnight™ is The Fostering Network's annual campaign to raise the profile of fostering and to show how foster care transforms lives. It is also the UK's biggest foster carer recruitment campaign. Over 8,000 new foster families are needed in the next 12 months alone to care for a range of children, with the greatest need being for foster carers for older children, sibling groups and disabled children. Foster Care Fortnight 2019 will take place from 13 to 26 May.
We are still fostering, four years last month.

During my blog break we said goodbye to a lad that had been with us over a year, as he was moving into long term care. We caught up with him a few months later at an event, and he came straight over and gave me a great big hug. That's one of the things that make fostering worthwhile. We had a similar response from a little one that had left us 2 years ago.  And in fact we had a little one move on from us at 21 months. A year later we met up with her. She pointed to Jeff's sleeve and said 'cat'. She remembered he has a tattoo under his sleeve. It makes you realise how much children, no matter how young their are, remember their early life experiences.

We then had a couple of months without a permanent placement, although covered a bit of respite for other foster carers. And now we have permanent placements again for a while.

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