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Our Success

We, unashamedly, celebrate every success that our carers, young adults and/or children achieve. This might be the first length of a pool, their first bike ride or a gymnastics award – we really don’t mind what it is.

This page is our chance to boast and shout from the rafters about every success or milestone that is achieved.

Fostering is “challenging” but “rewarding” when you see the “young person grow & flourish”

Lisa and her partner are foster carers in Bristol.

“We have been fostering for 10 years now, although it can have its challenges it can also be very rewarding especially when you see the young person grow and flourish.

They may only be tiny steps but over a period of time when you look back you realise how far that young person has come with the care, guidance, empathy and stability that you have provided.

We always have plenty of support and training provided through the agency to ensure that we can give the best possible care for each young person.

If you are of a caring nature I would highly recommend fostering as it can really enrich your life and make a difference to a young persons life.”

If you or anyone you know, would like to find out more about the benefits of foster caring. We’d love to hear from you.

Just call 03300 10 20 45 or email info@fosteringfoundation.co.uk

 

 

 

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From fleeing persecution in Afghanistan to being fostered and playing cricket in Bristol

From fleeing persecution in Afghanistan to being fostered and playing cricket in Bristol

From fleeing persecution in Afghanistan to being fostered and playing cricket in Bristol

EO is an ordinary 17 year old boy who lives in Bristol where he enjoys playing cricket and going to college.

But his life is very different to many others, he comes from Afghanistan where he is fleeing persecution and violence, but he has found a refuge with his new foster carers and their family in Central Bristol

He says that, “They are like my parents and they look after me like I was their own child. I’ve been here for last ten months, they make me feel welcome and are really nice. I feel like this is my own house.”

There are many “Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children” just like EO, who need the help of caring people in the UK to make a fresh start.

EO continued to say “I like everything if they’re cooking something and if I don’t like it they make me something else. They make burratas, like naan bread, they make it in the morning. They make chapattis in the afternoon, I like everything they cook and whenever they cook I enjoy eating it.”

When I’m not happy they can see from my face and they know me, they ask me why am I upset or unhappy and make sure I’m ok. I’m happy usually but they know if I’m feeling upset.”

This is quite understandable when you hear some of the horrors that EO went through before he managd to leave Afghanistan. but his foster carers make all the difference.

“If there is any problem, like if am scared at night time, if I have nightmares, in the morning they ask how I am and I explain to them and they support me with this and help me feel better. Now I can understand them better and understand their language.”

It is difficult to understand what it must be like, fleeing while fearing for your life and coming to a country where you don’t understand what people are saying. That is changing for EO.

“They are like my parents and if I’m in any difficulty then I always ask them for help. If there is any problem with reading or writing they always help me. They help me with practical things and also with how I’m feeling. Yes there are rules, like when I get up I change into normal clothing out of pyjamas so I’m not downstairs in my pyjama and I follow this rule since I’ve lived with them.”

“If I’m happy with it I would agree it and follow it. If I don’t agree with a rule I would ask my social worker to help me. I feel this home as my real home and it’s 100 percent my real home and I feel comfortable here. Everything is fine, if there is any problem or worries then I will call my social worker. Nothing else, no worries.”

EO finished withI wasn’t safe in my own country and I’m absolutely safe in this house.

We would like to help others like EO, find a new start in life, could you foster an Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Child who has often lost everything that we take for granted?  If so, please contact us…

Just call 03300 10 20 45 or email info@fosteringfoundation.co.uk

 

 

 

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Parent & Child Foster Caring in Plymouth

Parent & Child Foster Caring in Plymouth

Parent & Child Foster Caring in Plymouth

Hamish and Rachel from Plymouth have been foster carers for 17 years, and for the last 9 years with the Fostering Foundation. Although they have fostered children on their own, they specialise in providing Parent and Child Foster placements.

When asked about the value and the challenges of Parent and Child Fostering. Hamish and Rachel both felt that the importance of providing an opportunity for parents to learn, demonstrate what they can do and remain together as a family, is of great value and what they find most rewarding. ‘For a child to grow up safe within a loving family is the best outcome.’ They both reflected that placing parents and their children in fostering homes, means that they can be supported to learn new skills and develop the ones that they already have.

Parents can come from very different backgrounds and some can have very complex family situations. One of the challenges can be adjusting to having another adult, or adults, in your home and becoming used to differing living standards and expectations. For example, how a parent does things around the home may not be to the standard you would normally, however, the most important thing is that it is good enough and safe for their child. Therefore, as a Parent and Child foster carer you need to be flexible and open to getting to know and understanding the adults who come to live in your home.

Hamish reflected that this type of fostering works well for them as a family. When they started, their children were very young and they readily accepted having another family in their home. Invariably it would be a child younger than them, or a baby which they always enjoyed. As their own children have grown up, they enjoy being part of a family that supports another family – and they still loving having babies and toddlers around. The downside can be saying goodbye and the upset if a parent does not go home with their baby.

The carers spoke about the demands of Parent and Child Fostering. There is lots of paperwork and daily recordings to complete. Also, different fostering placements need different levels of supervision. If they have a parent with a young baby who needs feeding during the night, and they need to monitor the feeds, this can be exhausting for all concerned. However, the benefits are that placements are short term – normally up to 12 weeks, and they often choose to take a break and re-energise before they look to offer another placement.

Rachel reflected that there is no better reward than seeing a family, after the placement has ended, living in their own home and doing well. Lots of the parents that have been with them in placement, keep in touch regardless of the outcome. It can be very sad when the plan for a child is not to remain with their parent but ensuring the safety and the well-being of the child during the placement and beyond, is the most important thing.

One of the parents Hamish and Rachel have supported was happy to talk a little about his experiences. P said he was really grateful for the opportunity and being with a good family was helpful and gave him inspiration. P acknowledged that it can be hard to live with someone else when you are used to getting on with things independently. Also, it can be really stressful and intense, knowing that you are being watched, especially when you really want to be sure that you are getting things right. Sometimes it can be difficult to take advice but looking to the future and imagining doing all the normal things with his child, was what kept him focussed. He has enjoyed building on the things he already knew and learning new skills.

If you or anyone you know, would like to find out more about the benefits of fostering caring and particularly Parent and Child Fostering. We’d love to hear from you.

Just call 03300 10 20 45 or email info@fosteringfoundation.co.uk

 

 

 

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No foreign language students? Why not try Fostering?

We have been contacted by quite a few people who would normally house foreign language students who are enquiring about fostering.

These people

  • normally take in foreign language students
  • have spare room(s)
  • are used to having young people share their house
  • often have experience of dealing with issues and caring for young people
  • generate an income from letting out their room
  • are missing the busy households
  • find the experience very rewarding

The usual influx of foreign language students to the UK has obviously stopped during the Coronavirus outbreak, so these people have empty rooms and a reduced income. Therefore they are often perfectly placed to take in Foster Children.

If you or anyone you know, would like to find out more about the benefits of fostering caring. We’d love to hear from you.

Just call 03300 10 20 45 or email info@fosteringfoundation.co.uk

No foreign language students? Why not try Fostering?

No foreign language students? Why not try Fostering?

 

 

 

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Parent and Child Fostering – thoughts from a Bristol Foster Carer

Parent and child fostering can be one of the most challenging but rewarding activities carried out by any foster carer. We asked some of our carers for feedback about their fostering and below are the thoughts of Audrey in Bristol.

 

“I have been a foster carer for 18 years, 10 of those for parents and their children. I love what I do. 

The mums and sometimes dads who come to me are from all walks of life. They have not always experienced good parenting or maybe life has taken them along the wrong path.

 They need support and guidance to help them be the best parents that they can be. The babies need someone to watch over and protect them, and to put them first.

 Our family has grown over the years, I feel privileged to see some of those children grow up, to be in touch with many of the parents who lived with us, both those who remained with their children, and those who unfortunately did not. 

Happy times, sad times, you will have them all, if you choose to foster parent and child.”

Audrey, Bristol Parent and Child Foster Carer

 

Parent and child fostering is a specialist type of fostering where a mum or dad will come to you with the child or baby, as they need help in looking after their child. Placements tend to be shorter, which sometimes give carers little breaks between placements.

It takes something special to be able to do it but those who can foster a parent and child, will tell you how rewarding it is. If you feel you have what it takes, please get in touch with us, we are always happy to chat.

Parent and Child Fostering - Bristol Foster Carer

Parent and Child Fostering

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Foster Care Fortnight starts today and there are still many children in care

Today is the start of Foster Care Fortnight, a national campaign to raise awareness of the amazing difference #FosterCarers make to the life of children and sometimes their parents too through #Fostering

We are actively looking for people to offer #FosterCare throughout the South West. Please like, share and comment to help us find more Foster Carers

#ThisIsFostering #FCF20

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Week 6 Competition – Baking for VE Day

Thank you for all of your entries last week, your time capsules were awesome!

This week’s exciting task is a… Baking challenge to celebrate VE Day!

What is VE day?

  • VE day stands for ‘Victory in Europe’
  • It celebrates the end of World War 2
  • People all over Europe were tired of years of hardship and bombing, they wanted to return to a normal life again.
  • This year marks the 75th anniversary of VE day.  It is being commemorated on Friday 8th to Sunday 10th May 2020
  • When the war ended people gathered in the streets to celebrate!

If it wasn’t for the need to stay at home right now- we would probably be celebrating too!

So, come on let’s make something special to celebrate this very special event!

If you can, try and use at least 4 ingredients!

A few ideas have been suggested below:

  • Themes of the red, white and blue
  • It could be sweet or savoury
  • Victoria sponge or wartime carrot cake
  • Food that was made at the time!

Please send your entries to JAdams@fosteringfoundation.co.uk by Thursday 7th May 20

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Providing online training for foster carers via the training hub

The Fostering Foundation have arranged for online mandatory training to be available through The Training Hub who is the UK’s largest hub of resources, created specifically for the Foster Care sector. There are 21 standard courses available to our carers. Carers can also access the Big Initiative courses that are available on a range of subjects, (see below for more details). There is also a Foster Carer Forum to share experiences and mix with other carers.

Carers have started to be signed up to courses and you will be receiving log in details and be allocated courses shortly if you have not already. The feedback has been positive so far (with one carer completing six courses over the weekend!) We appreciate that this is a very challenging times for families with us all socially distancing and many self isolating due to Covid-19. We know that our carers are facing additional challenges however we want to enable our carers to still learn, develop and have access to quality training.

https://thefostercaretraininghub.co.uk/

The Foster Care Training Hub has successfully facilitated over 2.2 million online courses since 2014. We offer the UK’s largest cohort of online subjects, covering all of your mandatory and specialist requirements.

All of our online training is built upon scientific evidence. This means it is engaging, interactive, and is supported by unique modules which include; assessments, course-related handbooks, and an in-depth learning outcome review to ensure the learning outcomes have been met by the learner.

The training is created by leading practitioners. It is CPD accredited and covers all the standards and regulations.

As a part of The Big Initiative, we provide free preventative young people online courses on subjects such as gangs, knife crime, self-harm, and life skills. There is also free specialist training for adults that work with young people, in addition to free adult well-being training to help look after their mental health.

https://thefostercaretraininghub.co.uk/en/online-training

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Useful resources to keep children occupied when stuck inside

Please see below a list on on-line resources that may be useful for carers (and staff) during school closures. They were compiled by a parent who home educates. It is slightly US orientated but we hope you find it useful.

Online resources
BrainPop
Curiosity Stream
Tynker
Outschool
Udemy
– Beast Academy (Math)
– Khan Academy
– Creative Bug
– Discovery Education

YouTube Channels: (just go to YouTube and search for these)
– Crash Course Kids
– Science Channel
– SciShow Kids
– National Geographic Kids
– Free School
– Geography Focus
– TheBrainScoop
– SciShow
– Kids Learning Tube
– Geeek Gurl Diaries
– Mike Likes Science
– Science Max
– SoulPancake

 

Scholastic has created a free learn-from-home site with 20+ days of learning and activities.

https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html

 

Pretend to travel the world..Go on a virtual tour of these 12 famous museums.

https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours

 

This is the awesome free curriculum that we use. Everything from preschool activities to 12th grade is here!

https://allinonehomeschool.com/

 

List of thinking games by grade:

Thinking

 

More awesome free learning websites that we like to use

https://www.starfall.com/h/

https://www.abcya.com/

https://www.funbrain.com/

https://www.splashlearn.com/

https://pbskids.org/

https://www.highlightskids.com/

https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/

https://www.coolmath4kids.com/

http://www.mathgametime.com/

https://www.uniteforliteracy.com/

http://www.literactive.com/Home/index.asp

http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/

https://www.switchzoo.com/

https://www.seussville.com/

https://www.turtlediary.com/

https://www.e-learningforkids.org/

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