LGBT Drop-in Sessions – February & March 2018

Two drop-in sessions for prospective foster parents are being held across Worcestershire in the next few weeks.

The first is taking place at KDYT in Kidderminster on February 17th from 10am to 12.30pm.

The second is being held in Bromsgrove on March 3 from 10am to 12.30pm at Bromsgrove Library.

Both informal sessions will allow people to find out more about the fostering process and meet some of the fostering staff.

The events are to coincide with LGBT History Month (February) and LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week which runs from March 5 to 11.

Team Manager Laurie-Mo Gullachsen said: “We look forward to welcoming those interested in finding out more about the rewards of fostering to our LGBT fostering drop-in events.

“Please come along for an informal discussion to find out more about fostering with Worcestershire County Council where we have a fantastic offer of preparation and support for prospective foster carers.”

Worcestershire County Council is committed to improving the lives of children and young people.

Joining the team also offers access to a wealth of holistic training and professional support from ISL Health & Wellbeing Service, taking in everything from psychological advice, parenting support and therapeutic intervention with children, discounted leisure passes and regular arts, music and events as part of the Green Fingers project.

In addition to generous fees and allowances, fostering with Worcestershire County Council means that a range of expenses including school uniforms and holidays are covered.To find out more about fostering and to find out more about joining the team visit www.worcestershirefostering.co.uk or call 0800 0282158.

To read the blog of foster parents Andrew and Richard go to https://www.worcestershirefostering.co.uk/real-stories/our-fostering-journey/
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For press enquiries or to arrange an interview with a spokesperson please contact the Council’s Communications team on 01905 766646 or 766642.

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Fostering Campaign Nominated For Award

Fostering Worcestershire, together with 12 neighbouring fostering services, has just been nominated for a UK Public Sector Communications Award. This nomination is in the category of Partnership Engagement Initiative of the Year.

This year, Fostering Worcestershire worked with 12 fostering services of Local Authorities in the West and East Midlands. Together they produced a short film focusing and highlighting the current need to find foster carers for brother and sisters.

An overarching theme of ‘giants’ was devised for the film to blend the concept of ‘giants’, or people who help us in society such as foster carers, and also to highlight the strong bond and relationships that brothers and sisters have as they ‘look up’ and care for each other in life and become ‘giants’ to each other.

Working together in this innovative way resulted in each authority having a high quality short film, at a low cost to each. The film has been showcased and used to raise awareness for the need for more Local Authority foster carers across the regions.

‘Giants’ was launched on the 3rd May 2017 at a premiere screening at The Everyman, The Mailbox, Birmingham with invited special guests, including James Foyle from the UK’s leading fostering charity, The Fostering Network.

To find out more about the Public Sector Communications Awards: click here.

To see the film, go to the following link:

 

 

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Foster carers needed to keep brothers and sisters together

Here at Worcestershire Fostering we have a current shortage of foster carers who can look after multiple groups of brothers and sisters.

According to The Fostering Network, the UK’s leading fostering charity, over 7,000 more people with the right skills and experience are needed to offer loving, stable and secure homes to children and young people across the UK. In Worcestershire, like many other regions, there is a particular need for those people who might be able to care for siblings.

There is a growing number nationally of brothers and sisters coming into care and as such we need to find suitable foster homes to place them with. We know that it is beneficial to keep them together and often means a child to settle in easier. Ultimately it also allows them to retain the special bond a brother and sister so often has.

We are therefore in search of new or existing carers who would have the capacity and desire to take on brothers and sisters. Not only just for 2 siblings, but there is also a need for 3 and 4 children to be placed together.

Visit the Worcestershire County Council YouTube channel to see a small sample of snippet videos by foster carers and team members, giving their views on why brothers and sisters should not be split up:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL9_ETfyryi9ja2zHTJuqGE53haCdQbh5k

Alternatively, if you feel you can help please contact: 0800 028 2158 or you could also visit www.worcestershirefostering.co.uk/giants to see the latest film ‘Giants’ highlighting the importance of keeping brothers and sisters together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fostering Worcestershire have produced the film Giants

Fostering Worcestershire have been working in collaboration with the fostering services of twelve neighbouring Local Authorities to produce the film Giants.

The emotive and sensitive short film focuses on the story of Jack and Ellie; a brother and sister who want to stay together when they find themselves in foster care. The story highlights a key issue in fostering: that of working to keep brothers and sisters together and the need for more foster carers who would consider caring for siblings.

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Unique partnership with other Local Authorities to produce the short fostering film ‘Giants’

Over the past several months Worcestershire Fostering has been thrilled to have had the opportunity to work with 12 fostering services of our neighbouring Local Authorities in the West and East Midlands to produce a dramatization which would be both emotive and sensitive. The short film focuses and highlights the current need for us all, and nationally, to find foster carers for brother and sister groups.

 

The overarching theme of ‘Giants’ was devised for the film to blend the concept of ‘giants’, or people who help us in society, such as foster carers, and also to highlight the strong bond and relationships that brothers and sisters have as they ‘look up’ and care for each other in life and become ‘giants’ to each other.

 

Working together in this innovative way has resulted in each authority having an extremely high quality production, at a low cost to each, which can be showcased and used to raise awareness for the need for more Local Authority foster carers across the regions.

 

‘Giants’ will be launched on the 3 May at a premiere screening at The Everyman Cinema, Birmingham with invited special guests, including James Foyle from the UK’s leading fostering charity the Fostering Network.

 

Here at Worcestershire we will also be hosting our own local Premiere of the film at our annual Foster Carer Conference on 16th May.

 

To view the film visit: www.worcestershirefostering.co.uk/giants where it will be available from noon on the 3rd May.

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Sons and Daughters Month

Every October The Fostering Network run Sons and Daughters Month: Celebrating the Foster Family, the UK-wide campaign helps to celebrate the significant contribution which the children of foster carers make to successful foster care. We are Worcestershire Fostering want to equally show our thanks and all our carers should have now received an invitation to the many events happening in October. We do hope to see you all at one of the events. If you would like to  know more or haven’t received the details please call us on 0800 028 2158.

https://www.thefosteringnetwork.org.uk/advice-information/being-foster-carer/sons-and-daughters

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Meet Helen, Penny, Lisa and Sam

It was announced earlier this year by the Fostering Network that we need to find 1000 more foster carers in the West Midlands region. In particular there is an urgent need for carers for older children and sibling groups, along with finding families for long term foster children.

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