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FtSE & NAFP urge the Government to support all children in care to secure permanent home

FCC fully supports the statement below from FtSE and NAFP with regards to child centred permanence.

Fostering through Social Enterprise (FTSE) and the Nationwide Association of Fostering Providers (NAFP) are urging the Government to support all children in care to secure a permanent home without delay.

Separating out different routes to permanence is unhelpful to children and those who care for them. It is the outcome for the child, not the legal order they are placed under, that is crucial.

FCC delivers 'Good Educational Outcomes' training!

Evidence indicates that children/young people who are looked after do not generally do as well at school as their peers, which reduces their opportunity to move to further education, and affects their employment or training opportunities.

FCC Short Story Competition

Tuesday, June 23, 2015
FCC Short Story Competition
The Foster Care Co-operative are proud to be running their annual short story competition, aimed at both foster children and birth children of their carers.
Vote FCC for Co-operative of the Year!

Please vote FCC for Co-operative of the Year! You can cast your vote here.

Foster Care  Fortnight™ - could you be a foster carer?
We have many foster carer recruitment events in England & Wales this Foster Care Fortnight™!

Mick and Sian have been foster carers for The Foster Care Co-operative for over seven years and live in the Cambridge area. Their main motivation for becoming carers was to give young people a real opportunity in life. When asked what they enjoy most about being carers Mick Jewell said: “the challenges and progressions of the children, their education, social interactions and seeing them grow, build self-esteem and form amazing personalities.” Mick also talked about challenges faced as a foster carer. “Breaking the code of understanding for each of the children whilst getting to know them and their unique ways. There are no two children the same.” In terms of qualities required to be a carer, Mick and Sian have cited patience, commitment to family, willingness to attend training and support groups and an open mind! Mick and Sian currently foster three children and have two children of their own.

Foster Care  Fortnight™ - "Fostering...I would never do anything else"

Rose has been a foster carer for The Foster Care Co-operative since 2006, and has become a specialist in caring for PACT Placements (Parent and Child Together), which is typically a young mum and newborn, and unaccompanied asylum seekers.

Foster Care  Fortnight™ - A Day In A Life of a Foster Carer, Tina

Tina has been a Foster Carer with The Foster Care Co-operative for the last 6 years. She was recently awarded with an ‘Outstanding Contribution to Foster Care’ Award from The Fostering Network in recognition of her work. Tina and her partner Rob have 6 children between them, and 11 grandchildren. Over the last 4 years they have been looking after a sibling group, currently aged 9, 10 and 12 and recently she has also accepted another child into their family on a special guardianship order, aged 5. In her spare time, Tina and her daughter Donna, who is also a Schedule 3 Foster Carer take part in fun runs and marathons.

Mo has been a Foster Carer for The Foster Care Co-operative since 2003, and from that time has cared for over 50 children and young people, sometimes as an emergency, perhaps only for the night and sometimes for as long as 3 years.

It's Foster Care Fortnight™

Monday, June 1, 2015

Foster Care Fortnight™ is the UK’s biggest foster care awareness raising campaign, led by leading fostering charity, The Fostering Network. It is running between Monday 1st June and Sunday 14th June 2015. This year’s theme is ‘Make A Connection’ and foster carers and staffing teams are encouraged to highlight their association with fostering; whether it be the length of time they have been foster carers or how many children they have supported – the connection is not always professional, it could be a neighbour, family member or another form or support network.

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