Foster Care Fortnight™ is The Fostering Network’s annual campaign which was set up to help to raise awareness for fostering and to demonstrate the difference foster care makes to thousands of children’s lives.
Taking place between the 14th and 27th May, we hope that during this time we can draw attention to the real need for more foster carers. Currently, over 7,000 new foster families are needed in just the next 12 months in order to care for children and young people.
One of the main themes for this year’s Foster Care Fortnight 2018 is ‘Proud to Foster’. We’re going to be asking our foster carers why they are proud to foster, and about they and their foster children’s achievements since fostering. We’re also going to be publishing blogs from foster carers and Compass staff. We hope they will give you a more personal, insider view of fostering and the process of becoming one.
Click here to read a blog by a couple that foster for Compass, in which they describe how they are #Proudtofoster.
As part of Foster Care Fortnight, we want to dispel some of the myths associated with fostering. Often people wrongly believe they are unable to foster because they think they are unsuitable or they would not meet the criteria. In reality, you simply need to be over 21 and have a spare room available for the purpose of fostering. Read answers to our 14 most commonly asked questions below.
Read our 14 fostering questions
Monday 14th: Launch Day
Tuesday 15th: Who needs fostering?
Thursday 17th: Who can foster?
Tuesday 22nd: How do I become a foster carer?
Thursday 24th: What can I expect once I am a foster carer?
Friday 25th: Celebrating Our Amazing Foster Carers