news for foster carers

Some Interesting Reading for Foster Carers

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Some Interesting Reading for Foster Carers We’re nearing the end of the year, and I wanted to share two pieces of work I recently came across. They are both ‘feel good’ stories that confirm just how valued foster carers are in the eyes of the children and young people they look after. Firstly, news from…
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Spooky activity day

Spooky Activity Day

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Spooky Activity Day! What a brilliant turn out for our spooky October children’s group! Thank you to everyone who attended, helped out and contributed cakes, pumpkins and time to make the event so good. We all had great fun taking part in a range of activities including pin the tail on the cat, doughnut limbo,…
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a statement from a care leaver

A Statement From a Care Leaver

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A Statement From a Care Leaver It’s National Care Leavers Week (24 – 31st October 2019). We thought it would be good to mark the occasion by sharing this heart-warming statement from one of our care leavers: “Many people may argue that being in care is not the best place to be. There are negative…
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World Mental Health Day 2019

World Mental Health Day 2019

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World Mental Health Day 2019 It’s World Mental Health Day on 10 October. This year’s focus is on suicide prevention and the World Health Organisation are asking everyone to take “40 seconds of action”. It’s a startling fact that every 40 seconds someone dies by suicide. Last year in the UK, we saw an upward…
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Radio 4 Today Programme and fostering

Radio 4 Today Programme: Private Equity Investors and Fostering

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Radio 4 Today Programme: Private Equity Investors and Fostering On 27 August, BBC Radio 4’s Today programme ran an in-depth article on the effect of Private Equity investors buying up small Independent Fostering Agencies, in the process creating three very large organisations which between them dominate the fostering market. We at AFA Fostering agree with…
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Choosing a fostering agency

Which Fostering Agency Should I Choose?

Which Fostering Agency Should I Choose? When you’re beginning to think seriously about applying to foster, there will be a lot of decisions to make. One of them will be who you want to foster with; your local authority or an independent fostering agency? And, if you chose a fostering agency, how do you find…
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Let’s Go Wild in Norfolk!

Let’s Go Wild in Norfolk! The 2019 summer e-magazine ‘Visit Norfolk’ is now available online at: https://www.visitnorfolk.co.uk/things-to-do and it’s full of great things to do over the summer. Norfolk is a particularly good place to live if you are interested in wild animals, and there are none so famous (and cute!) as the seals on…
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surviving to thriving

Surviving to Thriving

Surviving to Thriving We regularly identify current research, events or developments which we feel may interest you. This month I want to let you know about a free conference I attended in June 2019, which was organised by the British Red Cross, UpRising and the Refugee Council. The study entitled, ‘Surviving to Thriving’ summarised the…
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