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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.

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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Covid-19 / Coronavirus – Update from The Fostering Foundation

Shortly after the COVID-19 outbreak occurred in China, we began reviewing and implementing provisions as part of our service continuity plan. The plan outlines specific steps that The Fostering Foundation has taken and continues to take during the pandemic.

All staff; the senior management team; and the Board of Directors of The Fostering Foundation take the COVID-19 threat very seriously and we are taking all reasonable and practical measures, concurrent with Government advice and instruction, to prepare for, and mitigate, the risk and effect of the coronavirus to our staff, carers, and children and young people. We aim, during the continuance of the outbreak, to remain fully compliant with statute and regulation, and to provide the very best relevant, targeted, individual support to carers and children alike. In order to achieve that against a backdrop of increasing restriction and practical constraint, we know that we will need to work harder, faster, and smarter, to be able to continue to do our best for those people, both adults and children, for whom we are responsible, and who rely upon us.

In anticipation, thank you for your understanding and support.

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A few tips for foster carers for preparing for COVID-19 in a trauma informed way

1. Don’t ignore what’s happening, because your children – especially those with histories of trauma – will pick up on the fact that things are unexpectedly different in their worlds. Be calm and clear in any explanations.

2. A good message is to talk about the virus and how “we’re working together to keep more people from getting sick by reducing some activities…and people are working to help one another out!”

3. Focus on what WILL stay the same…little things, that you’ll still get up and eat breakfast, you’ll still have lunch, you’ll still sleep in your bed, etc. Give a nice long list.

4. If you sense a child is becoming anxious about it, call it out casually: “I noticed you might be a bit anxious about something…I’m wondering if it has anything to do with XYZ?”

5. Provide visual structure for your children. Make a visual plan for the day, introduce it in the morning, and work your way through it during the day. This is containing for the child. It will take extra effort on your part but will help them to manage their anxiety.

6. Outdoor play, baths, sensory play, etc. will be helpful activities. Walks, beach and forest trips or nature trails are suggested.

7. Remember that unexpected change, loss of routine and structure, and increased stress in the world will be HUGE triggers for many of your kids. Focus on co-regulation, keep expectations appropriate.

8. Be kind and considerate when you can. Not just practical tasks but understanding that in unpredictable times of change we can all feel anxious too.

Many thanks and stay safe.

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Fostering an asylum seeking teenager made us his “new Mum and new Dad”!

This is an excerpt from an article in the Guardian recently.

Illustrating the benefits of foster caring and specifically the fostering of Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children. One quote stands out even more than the rest when the lady said… “That first evening over dinner he called us Mum and Dad. We told him he should call us by our first names, and he responded: “No, new Mum, new Dad.” I welled up.

The anonymous foster carer told the Guardian “My husband and I were lucky enough to retire with good physical and mental health, but wanted to still be socially useful. After more than 60 years’ teaching experience between us, we decided to apply to be foster carers.”

She went on to say “We took a “Skills to Foster” course and learned about different types of fostering, including looking after unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASC). These young people are in particular need of a place of safety and a loving family, as many have no family or friends in the country when they arrive after what is usually a long, traumatic journey.

“A few weeks later our assessing social worker came around with information on some possible placements, including a 14-year-old UASC. This young man, Salim*, was the best match. Three years later, he is still with us.”

“Salim arrived with all his belongings, which fitted into one suitcase and a bag. His English was better than we’d expected (he’d only been in England for about five months).”

We feel the whole article is well worth a read, just click here to view it on the Guardian’s website.

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My love of sport by L

Only a month after moving in with my foster family they signed me up for swimming lessons as I love the water so much.  I started at stage 2 and last year progressed to stage 7.  I am hoping to join the Rookie Lifeguard programme after completing stage 7.  Becoming more confident in the water has really helped my confidence, particularly when we go boogie boarding and when I had a surf lesson.

I then started weekly badminton lessons at our local leisure centre which is an inclusive group.  I am now working towards representing Team GB in the Special Olympics which will be held in Liverpool in 2021.  Since I started secondary school, I have the opportunity to access after school clubs.  I am currently doing football but may try other things too.

I also enjoy cycling, I enjoy taking my new bike on local cycle trails.  In the last half term we all cycled part of The Camel Trail.  We enjoyed lunch and an ice cream before returning – we deserved it!  I think sport is really good for you as it makes you feel better. Don’t be afraid to give it a go and never give up!

L then went on to say a quote that he hears his fostering family “Nan” say:

“Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best.”

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A star in the making!

One of our amazing young ladies, recently entered a local music competition for playing her Cornet and came 2nd in her Category, she has been playing since the age of 2 and loves it, lots of potential.  She received her certificate and a voucher for us, we are so very proud of her.

A star in the making

A star in the making

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Happy fostering anniversary

Sue and Dave Lorimer have recently celebrated 10 years of fostering with the Fostering Foundation. 

They have been fostering for 18 years and still enjoy it today as much as when they started. 

Sue and Dave reflected that from Day 1 the support from the Fostering Foundation has been fantastic. 

The Fostering Foundation want to thank Sue and Dave for all their hard work over the years. 

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