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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.

As part of Foster Care Fortnight™, we are publishing various accounts and articles from within our organisation. Today Jaimie, aged 19, tells her moving story of being in foster care. She is currently studying to go to University.

The Foster Care Co-operative is imploring people to consider linking their lives to the fostering world and ‘Make A Connection’, during Foster Care Fortnight™. Starting on Monday 1st June, and ending on Sunday 14th June.

Over the past few months, we have been meeting with various creative organisations, after a successful Creative Tender process. We can now proudly announce that going forward we will be working with Cynergy, who will help us with the design and production of our Foster Carer information and recruitment brochure, and other innovative opportunities.

Have you ever wondered what a Social Worker does in their spare time? Well Supervising Social Worker, Paul Fanning, based in our Cardiff office has recently played Professor Marcus on the big stage at The Chapter Arts Centre, in The Ladykillers.

Our Foster Carers have been doing further training this week, on how to complete Life Story Books with the children and young people they care for.

 May has already been a busy month for our Foster Carers, taking part in mandatory training to assist them to be more confident, prepared and informed for their role

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