Foster Care Fortnight

Foster Care Fortnight 2019

What is Foster Care Fortnight?

Foster Care Fortnight is an annual campaign to raise the profile of fostering. Run by The Fostering Network, the campaign seeks to highlight the important role fostering plays in changing young lives. This year, the campaign runs from the 13 to 26 May.

An important function of the campaign is as a recruitment drive to encourage more people to consider becoming a foster carer. Thousands of new foster families are needed every year to care for children. This is particularly true for older children, sibling groups and disabled children.

What is AFA Fostering doing to support Foster Care Fortnight?

Over the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing some stories from our carers via our blog and on social media. These will give those thinking about becoming a foster carer a “warts and all” insight into what it’s really like. Existing foster carers are often the best advert for fostering.

We hope that by sharing real life experiences, we will encourage conversation about what it really means to be a foster carer. We think there is still a lot of uncertainty about who can become a foster carer and what’s involved. We hope that opening up conversations on platforms like Facebook and Instagram, where people are often comfortable asking questions, will help address some concerns.

How can you get involved?

If you’re already one of our foster carers, we’d love to be able to share your story! Please feel free to share a short case study by emailing [email protected].

We’d also love you to get involved in the online conversation. Follow AFA Fostering on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Use #changeafuture and #FCF19 over the coming weeks on social media to be part of the campaign. Whether you’re a foster carer with a story to share or someone thinking about fostering, there will be lots of helpful advice being shared using these hashtags, so make sure you follow them.

Finally, if you have been considering fostering, maybe today’s the day to get the ball rolling? Over 8,000 new foster families are needed in the next 12 months. Why not give us a call and speak to a member of our friendly team? They can tell you more about what being a foster carer means, and the process involved.