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Rainbow Fostering Services has exciting news-today we are launching our new weekly blog! Each week we will talk about issues relating to fostering and our blog will be aimed at our existing foster carers and those who are considering becoming foster carers.

Fostering children who are deaf. It can be especially difficult assessing and planning for the needs of deaf children when they come into foster care.

Fostering children who are deaf

Statistical data requirements in the UK do not require that specific types of disability are recorded. This means the total numbers of deaf children in care are unknown -according to information from the National Deaf Children’s Society. The numbers are thought to be low, but such children will have specific needs that require to be met. Work has been done by the Society canvassing the views of carers fostering children who are deaf, as well deaf children themselves. The chief concerns that foster carers expressed were that there was a lack of information as to how best to prepare for the arrival of a deaf child. For any child, going into care can be a time of great insecurity, disorientation and emotional upheaval.

What is needed is support – along with commitment and encouragement. Listening and speaking (Auditory – Oral) Fostering children and self-harming. There are many pressures involved when fostering children.

Fostering children and self-harming

In many ways these are relative – a forgotten lunchbox for school, for example, isn’t serious – perhaps just irritating. Then there are the more serious concerns, staying out late beyond an agreed return time. Individually, these can set the nerves ‘jangling’ – taken cumulatively, it is not surprising that the best foster carers have to be able to fall back on a core of inner resilience. But there is one particular issue that can be extremely difficult for the most experienced foster carer to deal with.

And particularly nerve-wracking it can be – self-harming behaviour. Fostering and mental health services. Fostering children ‘read all about it’ In the drive to find people interested in fostering children, every approach has to be considered.

Fostering children ‘read all about it’

With a current shortfall of over 9,000 families in the UK, and experienced carers retiring, the need to recruit is pressing to say the least. Marketing, as with so many things it seems, is becoming crucial in attracting interest. People are clearly susceptible to; and often persuaded by marketing messages, but often the interest is not sustained. Child fostering: report update. What is the role of an independent fostering agency? Put very simply, the role of an independent fostering agency is to find foster homes for local authority ‘looked after children’.

What is the role of an independent fostering agency?

Independent Fostering Agencies (IFAs) have been in existence for over two decades providing fostering solutions. They came into being as local authorities could not keep pace with the demand for foster homes for children in the care system. Also local authorities are responsible, not just for fostering, but child protection and adoption as well. Because of this, The role of Independent Fostering Agencies is important as they concentrate exclusively on fostering relieving pressure on local authorities. In the UK, there is currently a shortage of over 9,000 foster families. Their remit is to match foster carers to placement referrals as closely as possible.

Are you transferring from an independent fostering agency? Foster carers who wish to transfer between agencies, or from a local authority to an agency have the right and freedom to do so.

Are you transferring from an independent fostering agency?

With all transfers, the primary consideration must be that “the welfare of the child is paramount” as set out in the Children Act 1989. Child fostering: kinship care. Child fostering has many different aspects.

Child fostering: kinship care

There are, for example, different categories of fostering placements from emergency placements, short break and respite care placements through to bridging placements. Kinship care simply means that a child or young person is put into placement with relatives, or friends if they can no longer live with their parents.

Children will, in most instances have a fairly developed social network: kinship care can be offered by someone that the child or young person trusts. In child fostering, this kind of care is sometimes referred to as family and friends care – which is an accurate description of what it actually is. Alternatively, kinship foster carers may be known as connected persons. Independent Fostering Agency or Local Authority. It is reasonable to ask why this choice exists at all.

Independent Fostering Agency or Local Authority

In the past, it was only the local authorities (LAs), who had the task of placing children in foster homes who, for whatever reasons, could no longer live with their birth families. Back then, there were no independent fostering agencies (IFAs), so local authorities had the responsibility for all children coming into care. For a whole series of reasons, the LAs found that over time, they could no longer cope with the demands placed upon them. Child fostering: an accent on Humanism. When the term ‘humanism’ is brought up, it has a tendency to polarise opinion: but it has been changing in meaning over the centuries.

Child fostering: an accent on Humanism

During the Renaissance, it described a scholar who was an expert in the languages and cultures of ancient Greece and Rome – today a humanist is thought of in secular terms; one who dispenses with the notion of a God, choosing instead to believe in human potentiality tied to scientific hypotheses. What has this to do with child fostering?

Well, humanistic values lie at the heart of social pedagogy, which is now an established and tested model for the provision of social care within society. For a literal definition: the term ‘pedagogy’ comes from the Greek país (child) and ágõ (to lead, to guide). Foster carers and teenagers. In the UK, approximately 100,000 children and young people will find themselves caught up in the care system.

Foster carers and teenagers

Of these, most will be placed with foster carers. A relatively small proportion will go home to their birth family, or move in with other relatives. Adoption will offer a solution for a small number. Fostering costs: pause for thought. Timely support of Fostering Leadership. Fostering: a statistical snapshot. In line with our recruitment policy at Rainbow, we provide an update on the general situation relating to fostering children as revealed by fostering industry statistics.

Fostering: a statistical snapshot

We hope this imparts a sense of the ongoing pressure for finding new foster carers and invites people to think about providing a home for children who desperately need one. Currently: over 64,000 children reside with approximately 55,000 foster care families in the UK each day. The figure is about 80% of the 81,000 children residing in care away from home on any one particular day. For England: There are approximately 44,625 fostering families in England. 52,050 children were residing with foster families on 31 March 2015 – this is close to four-fifths (79%) of the 66,030 children in care looked after away from their home. Government should focus on fostering. Earlier this year, the government made £200m of new money available to support legal changes that were made to increase the number of adoptions. This was announced by Nicky Morgan, the then Education Secretary – something to be welcomed one might think. Perhaps those of us with a direct interest in fostering should have in mind here the maxim Beware of Greeks bearing gifts… There is now a new Education Secretary – The Rt Hon Justine Greening MP – but she still might be a Greek…why such cynicism?

Well, it is only very recently that the government has, apparently, been making more supportive noises about fostering whilst appearing to favour adoption. To try and reach a judgement, some context is required: fostering allowances – which are far from generous and the cause of controversy – are a cost to the state running at almost £1.5bn a year. Fostering children and MFM. Mockingbird: a sharper vision for fostering children in the future? Fostering children and the way to achieve the best outcomes is at the centre of government thinking. This is because the cost of failed outcomes to society at large is growing alarmingly. In the previous blog, the Mockingbird Family Model was discussed in view of the fact it could represent a significant and positive departure in the provision of foster care. Foster a child: a new model.

Innovation is a good thing, yes? Well, where fostering and adoption are concerned; as with most things some fresh thinking is probably a good thing. But when the leading fostering charity, The Fostering Network claims that a new approach to fostering could “really revolutionise how fostering works in this country”, it is time to sit up and take notice. A memorable name helps and anyone considering becoming a foster parent might be interested in this latest departure: Mockingbird family model is the rather notable name we now have to add to the lexicon relating to fostering children.

What is compelling is the interest that the government has shown. Foster care: mental health wellbeing. The mental health of young people in the foster care system is becoming a matter of increasing concern. Mental health provision across the country has, for many years, been one of the Cinderella services. There has been pressure for some time for greater attention to be paid to the issue of mental health – with most of the scrutiny being directed toward adult provision.

It is timely, therefore, that serious consideration be given to the mental health of our young people. Addressing this will have long term benefits for us all – not least in terms of cost savings, but equally, no society can feel at ease with itself with an underclass comprising the mentally ill. So it is worth considering the Fourth Report of the House of Commons Education Committee (2015-16) ‘Mental health and well-being of looked- after children.’

Foster placements that work. The Department of Education has just produced a report ‘Putting Children First’. The Report highlights the need for a safe and stable home for every foster child in the situation where their needs cannot be met by their birth family. It is acknowledged that it is the responsibility of the children’s social care system to provide the stable, safe and nurturing relationships that such children require. The home environment is the setting for this and the options are adoption, foster care, family and friends care or residential care. The state becomes the corporate parent and aims to ensure that the best in terms of outcomes can be achieved by looked after children. The report restates the ‘gravity and importance’ of this role: legislation is now in the pipeline, which will, for the first time, establish a set of ‘corporate parenting principles’.

It is here that the report becomes significant in terms of what is acknowledged and prescribed. Fostering Strategy published in England. An important strategy has been published in England which directly impacts upon fostering and the care arrangements for young people post 18 years of age. The fostering initial home visit. You’ve approached an agency (preferably ours); provided some basic information about your circumstances put the phone down and are now wondering what your initial home visit will entail…At Rainbow Fostering, we never forget that the decision to even think about fostering children or young people is a huge one. As the country urgently needs new families to consider fostering, we work very hard to handle any enquiry with great care and sensitivity.

We know that waiting for an Initial Home Visit can seem daunting; after all you have agreed to invite a relative stranger into your home and then answer a whole series of questions about yourself, your life experiences and daily circumstances. Fostering solutions compromised. Rainbow fostering solutions are never easy to achieve at the best of times. The matching process is becoming ever more complex – especially as there are an increasing number of refugees and unaccompanied asylum seekers arriving on these shores. Foster care and cross cultural placements. Foster a different attitude… At Rainbow Fostering, we want more people to foster in Birmingham and this story will undoubtedly have its fallout.

It was recently announced that Birmingham’s children’s services will be removed from the City Council’s control following years of scandalous revelations. To foster then adopt has repercussions. Fostering Children is Big Business - Rainbow Fostering Agency. Foster children must not be criminalised. Life is unfair. We all know this, but some things seem to push at the boundaries of unfairness too much. Fostering latest - Foster Care Fortnight! Fostering. Fostering Agency: recruitment & retention. If you have an interest in fostering, you could be forgiven for being especially cynical when skimming recent headlines. The recurring themes of avarice and mendacity are depressingly familiar. The latest twist sees a move from dodgy expense claims to perhaps the more refined, but still deplorable tax haven scandal.

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