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Welcoming Foster Carers from the LGBTQ+ Community

In the world of fostering, there’s one thing that matters most: providing a loving and supportive home for the children we care for. Recognising that the path to having a family isn’t as straightforward for LGBTQ+ people, we want to help you explore the options available to you and bust a few myths. Can LGBTQ+…
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Our First Mockingbird Constellation: the All Stars

The award-winning Mockingbird programme is a nationwide scheme run by The Fostering Network, which brings together Foster Carers and Kinship Carers in a nurturing community under the premise that it takes a village to raise a child. Our first West Sussex constellation, the All Stars, launched in October 2022. One year on, we caught up…
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11 Reasons To Foster With Your Local Authority

If you're considering becoming a Foster Carer, you've likely realised that you can foster with your local authority or an independent fostering agency (IFA). As you try to determine what's best for you, your family, and the local child you may ultimately be caring for, we have pulled together all the benefits of fostering with…
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Become A Fostering Friendly Employer

What is the Fostering Friendly Employer's scheme? Fostering Friendly is an initiative created by The Fostering Network, the UK’s leading fostering charity. The scheme aims to encourage businesses and organisations to support employees who are Foster Carers, or those on their journey to become a Foster Carer. According to The Fostering Network, “Nearly 40 per…
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A Comprehensive Guide To Becoming A Foster Carer

If you're considering becoming a Foster Carer, you may wonder what it involves and how long it takes. Given that our carers will be looking after children who have experienced trauma, the assessment process is understandably an in-depth process. Therefore, this typically takes around four to six months to complete. However, this may be quicker…
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