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Anti-bullying Week: 15-19 November 2021

Anti-bullying Week: 15-19 November 2021

The 15-19 November 2021 marks Anti-bullying Week. Organised by the Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA), this year’s theme is ‘One Kind Word’. The apt theme follows a year of isolation for people around the world and ‘One Kind Word’ highlights just how important the act of kindness is in helping to “break down barriers and brighten the lives of the people around…

Celebrating our foster families’ children

Celebrating our foster families’ children

Being a son or daughter of a foster carer is a unique experience. As a family develops into its role as a foster family, the sons and daughters all play a key role in fostering. The whole family fosters and everyone needs support and training. October is the month we celebrate how sons and daughters contribute to the fostering community.…

Are you ready for your coffee morning?

Are you ready for your coffee morning?

We’re excited to be holding a coffee morning and catch up with the team on Friday 24 September 2021 raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support for its World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. Whilst it will be a virtual meet up, we’ll relish the time with each other for a cuppa and a chat. It’s such a great initiative that we’ve regularly…

Sibling groups in foster care

Sibling groups in foster care

At OwnLife Fostering, a key area of specialism amongst our foster carers is fostering sibling groups. Research by the BBC revealed that more than 12,000 children in care are not living with at least one of their siblings. New legislation in Scotland has been introduced giving siblings’ legal rights to maintain relationships. This is an important update helping siblings maintain…

Foster carer insight into the assessment process

Foster carer insight into the assessment process

We know that many people on the path to taking the step to becoming a foster carer do plenty of research in advance. It’s not a decision that is taken lightly so having insight into the role is essential to know. When we hold our weekly meetings with our foster carers, we know how vital it is in having the…

Keeping busy this Summer Holiday 2021

Keeping busy this Summer Holiday 2021

For many families summer holidays mean balancing work with keeping kids entertained while not trying to spend too much!   At OwnLife Fostering, we understand this can add to the normal daily stresses. To help, we’ve compiled a list of free or affordable things to do during the summer holidays. There is a mix of indoor and outdoor activities we hope will be enjoyable for both kids and adults!   National Trust  Escape to the countryside with the National Trust. They…

Keeping teenagers safe on social media

Keeping teenagers safe on social media

Using social media is becoming a normal part of everyday life with nine out of 10 teenagers using social media in the UK. Social media can help young people stay in touch with friends or provide a place for creative self-expression through art or music. And, for those in foster care, it may make the process less daunting and allow…

Can you help the fostering community?

Can you help the fostering community?

In the UK, a child comes into care in need of a foster family every 20 minutes. Over 65,000 children live with almost 55,000 foster families each day. This is nearly 80% of the 83,000 children in care away from home on any one day in the UK*. With around 30,000 more children coming into care over the course of…

Five minutes with: Bunni, foster carer

Five minutes with: Bunni, foster carer

In our ‘5 minutes with’ column, we chat with foster carer Bunni who gives insight into her inspiration to become a foster carer and what the fostering assessment process is like.  If you’ve been interested in becoming a foster carer then this is a must read for background on the experience and commitment to helping children and young people that foster carers possess.  What was…

Every 20 minutes a child comes into care

Every 20 minutes a child comes into care

Every 20 minutes another child comes into care in need of a foster family in the UK. Every day there are about 65,000 children living with 55,000 foster families. With Foster Care Fortnight™ fast approaching (10-23 May 2021), the annual event provides a platform to shout about our foster care community with this event following the most challenging year of…