A wish list from foster care

A wish list from foster care

What do foster carers want? After responding in-depth to a previous post, I asked Melody Barrow to write her wish list – the things that she and her fellow foster carers want to say to other professionals, particularly to social workers. Get the audio versions...
The State of Foster Care

The State of Foster Care

I’m a passionate believer in the value of foster care. In fact I think it’s the Gold Standard for helping troubled kids who can’t live at home. So what sort of state is the nation’s fostering system currently in? So, how’s fostering...

Why foster carers deserve more respect

Three quarters of children in the Looked After system are living with foster parents. Foster carers provide this country with an unequalled service. So why are foster carers not more respected? (This post also applies to kinship carers, though as family members the...

Family Contact for LAC Children

Do I believe in human rights? Absolutely. Do I believe in parents’ rights when their kids are in care? Absolutely. But… Are there times when parents’ rights should be limited and contact should stop? I believe there are. Here’s why… I...
10 things foster carers need…

10 things foster carers need…

Fostering and kinship care is a huge commitment. I take my hat off to those who do it! Like any such role, these guys need all the support they can get. So… So how can we help most?… I’m not a foster carer. My experience of fostering extends only to...