Fostering

What is foster care?

What is foster care?

At OwnLife Fostering, we work closely with our foster parents and foster carer applicants to help guide them through their fostering journey. Perhaps you are yet to join us and are interested in learning more about what fostering children and young people might entail. The first step in the fostering journey is understanding exactly what foster care is and why…

Foster carer training: Understanding trauma

Foster carer training: Understanding trauma

When you start the process to become a foster carer you will have a training programme that provides you with the knowledge and necessary skills to foster children and young people. These training sessions are ongoing throughout the career of a foster carer with individual personal and professional development training plans put on place.    Since COVID-19, our training model…

5 minutes with: Doreen, foster carer

5 minutes with: Doreen, foster carer

In our ‘5 minutes with’ column, we chat with new foster carer Doreen 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 key steps in the application process, and the commitment…

Lockdown Easter holiday activities

Lockdown Easter holiday activities

Finding things to do in the holidays to keep kids occupied and ensuring they can have fun at an affordable price is hard enough. But now there is the even harder task of keeping children entertained under the restraints of COVID-19. All concerns surrounding this are completely valid and we understand that parents and foster carers everywhere may be stressed…

Professional development for foster carers

Professional development for foster carers

A key part of a foster carer’s role is ongoing development. Foster carers will regularly attend training courses as it’s a requirement to evidence all new skills. Initially foster carers will take courses to understand the role as well as the principles and values in fostering. These will cover topics such as: Communication Child development Diversity and identity Health and…

Reasons to become a foster carer in 2021

Reasons to become a foster carer in 2021

We thought we’d gather together a few reasons why foster carers chose the career path to give you insight into this important keyworker role. After last year, many people have started to have thoughts about their current job and circumstances which has led them to search for a role with meaning. People have placed a lot more focus on supporting…

Become a foster carer in 2021

Become a foster carer in 2021

There’s no doubt that 2020 has been a challenge. However, if there’s a positive to stem from this year it is the sense of community we have witnessed. From the inspiring images of clapping for the NHS, to assisting neighbours with their food shop, and appreciating the socially distanced cups of tea with friends and family. The start of 2021…

Fostering teenagers

Fostering teenagers

Many of the young people in foster care are teenagers. This requires a special individual to provide the right care and support. To be a good foster carer is about being empathetic, understanding and caring as well as good communication skills to help a teenager develop. The life experiences foster carers have can help guide an individual to make the…

Who can foster children?

Who can foster children?

The decision to become a foster carer is a long process. It’s a commitment from the first moment you think that it could be the career for you. Then you take time to research and make enquiries with fostering agencies to discuss further. If you’re one of these people that have just started the journey of this thought process then…