What is Foster Carer Fortnight?
Established in 1997, Foster Care Fortnight is an annual campaign that celebrates the incredible dedication and compassion of foster carers while highlighting the urgent need for more individuals and families to become foster carers.
Each year, thousands of new foster families are required to provide loving homes to children, with the greatest need being for those willing to care for older children, sibling groups, disabled children, and unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.
From Monday, May 15th, to Sunday, May 28th, 2023, Foster Care Fortnight will take place across the UK under the theme of #FosteringCommunities.
This year’s theme was chosen due to its positive reception during the previous year’s campaign.
The aim is to showcase how the foster care community works together to support young people and how everyone can get involved.
Whether you’re a foster carer, a young person in care, or simply interested in learning more about fostering, there’s never been a better time to get involved.
Foster Carer Fortnight Events
Are you ready to show your support for foster care and make a difference in the lives of young people in care? Foster Care Fortnight 2023 is just around the corner, and there are loads of exciting events happening across the UK that you can get involved in.
One of the biggest events is the Foster Walk 2023, where you can walk alongside hundreds of people from different communities across the UK. Whether you walk with your friends, family, neighbours, or colleagues, you’ll be making a positive impact on the lives of children and young people in care.
Did you know that there are currently 70,000 children and young people living in foster care throughout the UK? By taking part in Foster Walk 2023, you’ll help raise support and funds for our vital fostering community and help make fostering the best it can be.
While the Foster Walk can be completed at any time during the Foster Care Fortnight, the Fostering Network would love to see the fostering community across the UK walk in their local communities on Saturday, May 20, 2023, at 10am.
In addition to the Foster Walk, there are plenty of other events happening during Foster Care Fortnight that you can get involved in. The Fostering Network has organised a range of activities for the fostering community, including well-being workshops, informative and interactive sessions on a range of topics to help support foster parents, family fun days, quiz nights, and recruitment webinars.
These events are designed to support and engage foster carers, children and young people in care, and the wider fostering community.
Whether you want to learn more about fostering, connect with other carers, or simply have some fun with your family, there’s something for everyone.
Remember to check your local government’s website to see local foster care events in your area.
How to Support Foster Care Fortnight
So, how can you get involved in Foster Care Fortnight 2023 and help celebrate fostering communities? Here are a few ideas:
Share your fostering story
If you’re a foster carer or have experience of being in foster care, share your story on social media using the hashtag “#FosteringCommunities”.
This is a great way to raise awareness of the importance of fostering and to show others the positive impact it can have on young people’s lives.
Attend a fostering event
Check out The Fostering Network’s website for a list of events taking place during Foster Care Fortnight.
These events provide an opportunity to meet other foster carers, learn about the fostering process, and hear from young people who have experienced foster care first-hand.
We also host our own drop-in fostering sessions in the North West area.
Become a Fostering Friendly employer
If you’re an employer, consider becoming Fostering Friendly.
This means that you support your employees who are foster carers by offering them flexibility and understanding when it comes to their caring responsibilities.
This can make a huge difference to foster carers who may need to attend appointments or meetings during working hours.
Support a fostering charity
Consider making a donation to a fostering charity, such as The Fostering Network or your local fostering service.
These charities provide support to foster carers and young people in care, and your donation can help make a real difference in their lives.
Now that we’ve looked at ways to get involved in Foster Care Fortnight 2023, let’s explore some top tips for fostering communities:
Fostering is all about building relationships, both between foster carers and young people in care and between foster carers and the wider community. Take the time to get to know your local fostering service, attend events, and meet other foster carers in your area.
When fostering, it’s important to be open-minded and embrace diversity. Foster carers may be called upon to care for young people from different cultural backgrounds or with different needs, and it’s important to be willing to learn and adapt to meet their needs.
Communication is key when it comes to fostering.
Foster carers should communicate regularly with their local fostering service, the young person in their care, and any other professionals involved in their care. This can help to ensure that everyone is on the same page and that the young person’s needs are being met.
Fostering can be challenging at times, and it’s important to seek support when needed.
Foster carers should not be afraid to ask for help or advice from their local fostering service, other foster carers, or support groups.
Foster Care Fortnight is an important campaign that raises awareness of the need for more foster carers in the UK. This year’s campaign theme, #FosteringCommunities, emphasises the importance of the fostering community working together to support young people in care.
By participating in the various events organised by The Fostering Network, including the Foster Walk 2023 and other activities, we can all contribute to creating a strong and supportive fostering community.
These fostering events offer great opportunities to learn, connect with others, and have fun with your family.
If you’re considering becoming a foster carer, we’ve put together a helpful guide that will give you all the information you need to make an informed decision.
At Family Care, we’re proud to offer unparalleled support to our foster carers and the wider fostering community.
That’s why we’re excited to come together and make Foster Care Fortnight 2023 a success!
Let’s join forces to raise awareness of the vital role of foster care and make a positive impact in the lives of children and young people in care.
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