Fostering

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…

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 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…

OwnLife Fostering talks to Police Life magazine

OwnLife Fostering talks to Police Life magazine

With Foster Care Fortnight running from 10-23 May 2021, this is a time when the whole fostering community gets together to raise awareness of fostering and to celebrate the foster care community. To time with this, we recently shared our thoughts on foster care in London with Police Life magazine. In the article we spoke about how every case is…

Foster Care Fortnight™ 2021

Foster Care Fortnight™ 2021

This year’s Foster Care Fortnight™ takes place between 10-23 May. This is The Fostering Network’s annual commitment to raise awareness of fostering and to celebrate the foster care community. As members of The Fostering Network, we are happy to get involved with Foster Care Fortnight each year to encourage the whole country to learn more about foster care in their community and to…

5 myths about fostering

5 myths about fostering

There are around 44,500 foster families in England but thousands more are still needed each year. We understand there are many things to consider when joining the foster carer community, so we hope to dispel a few myths and encourage you to take the step and join our vital community of foster carers. ‘You need to be married.’ This is…